ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday (January 19) that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 'being controlled by the radical left'.
"I think that's a very bad thing for her, I think it's a very bad thing for the Democrats," said Trump as he was leaving the White House to travel to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
"Everybody knows that walls work." U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused President Donald Trump of putting American troops and civilians working in Afghanistan in danger by publicizing a planned congressional trip to the war-torn country, as tensions between the leaders spiked on the 28th day of a partial government shutdown.
Trump later on Friday signaled he would turn his attention from the fight over congressional travel back to the budget standoff that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, posting on Twitter that he would make a "major announcement" on Saturday on the "humanitarian crisis" on the country's southern border and on the partial shutdown.
The White House rejected Pelosi's charge of endangering troops and civilians.
The Republican Trump administration, which on Thursday had blocked Democrat Pelosi from making the trip to Afghanistan, on Friday slapped a blanket ban on all U.S. congressional travel on government-owned or operated aircraft while the shutdown continues.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration was just trying to keep Pelosi in town so that negotiations could take place to try to end the partial shutdown, at four weeks already the longest in U.S. history.