The congressional delegation (CODEL) of Nancy Pelosi to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan garnered extra attention after Trump banned her from using military airplane. It seems that it wasn’t the first time that Pelosi used Air Force money to travel the world.
According to documents released by judicial watch, Pelosi’s trip to Italy and Ukraine from July 30 to Aug. 6, 2015, cost the Air Force $184,587.81. Her delegation consisted of other prominent Democrats, Anna Eshoo included.
From Daily Caller:
Four family members, including Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi, were slated to go on the trip. The delegation was scheduled to dine at restaurants including James Beard American Restaurant in Milan, where a five-course meal cost up to $190, according to Fine Dining Lovers. The lawmakers also toured the Vatican and met up with Italian dignitaries, including President Sergio Mattarella and then-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, according to their itinerary.
Pelosi’s team apparently had some pretty specific requests for the Air Force officials working with them to coordinate the trip.
“You’re going lo love this …. CODEL Pelosi is requesting the crew they had on this earlier attached trip. Apparently they were very pleased with their service. I already told the escort chances were slim,” an unidentified Air Force official wrote in an email July 9, 2015.
Overall, Pelosi’s European excursion cost the Air Force about the same amount of money it would take to send a student to Harvard University for four years. Judicial Watch compared the trip to Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s CODEL trip with multiple stops in east Asia in August 2015. The trip led by Gardner, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, cost at least $26,009.03 for commercial flights and per diems, according to records cited by Judicial Watch.
So you see folks, Trump basically saved money by banning Pelosi. Now, no one is saying that she shouldn’t travel on behalf of the government. However, she shouldn’t criticize Trump on spending and bills, when she is the one that does the most spending.
What are your thoughts on this folks?
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