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Trump criticizes Pelosi for attempting to see troops in Afghanistan

POLITICO logo POLITICO 1/18/2019 By Rebecca Morin
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President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday for attempting to visit troops in Afghanistan as the government shutdown continues with no end in sight.

"Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid," the president tweeted.

Trump "postponed" Pelosi's congressional trip in apparent retaliation after the House speaker requested the president delay his State of the Union address while the government is still partially shutdown.

There have been no breakthroughs for a deal between the White House and congressional Democrats to end the longest shutdown in U.S. history. So far, Trump has refused to back down from his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border, and Democrats are refusing to meet his demand.

There are nearly 800,000 federal workers who have not been receiving pay, although Trump has promised they will get back pay when the government reopens.

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Trump's tweet on Friday morning went on to say: "Also, could somebody please explain to Nancy & her 'big donors' in wine country that people working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!"

Pelosi owns a vineyard in Napa Valley, and has in the past hosted donors there.

It is unclear what the president is referring to with regard to farm workers having "easy access" into the country. The president last week suggested that he is open to a new path of citizenship for high-skilled workers, or H-1B visa holders. Those type of workers are often brought in by tech companies.

Agricultural employees often come through the H-2A visa program. The president has not previously announced a path to citizenship for workers who hold that visa.

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