Late last night the news broke that a mostly Democratic but bipartisan House delegation had traveled unannounced to the Middle East, in th hope of solving the Syria-Turkey-Kurd crisis that Donald Trump created and is still refusing to fix. We were wondering how long it would take Trump to get wind of it and erupt accordingly. This afternoon it finally happened.
The news first broke fifteen hours ago that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and several other high ranking House members had shown up in Jordan in an effort at fixing the Syria mess. Jordan is a reliable U.S. ally in the Middle East, so it seemed like a good place to start. Trump, for his part, still seems confused about what to make of it.
Trump tweeted this: “Pelosi is now leading a delegation of 9, including Corrupt Adam Schiff, to Jordan to check out Syria.” Trump then went on to demand that Pelosi investigate President Obama’s actions in Syria, which is almost too bizarre for words. Trump is willing to take a shot at Schiff, and he’s willing to push conspiracy theories about Obama, but he seems afraid to go after Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi is the third highest ranking elected official in the United States government. Donald Trump has clearly checked out, and Mike Pence is running in circles. So it’s not necessarily surprising to see Pelosi and her delegation taking charge of U.S. foreign policy in the middle east. Middle Eastern leaders know that Trump could be gone at any moment and that Pence could go down with him, so they’re probably going to take Pelosi far more seriously at this point than anyone from the Trump administration. Trump surely knows this, and it could be why he’s afraid to attack her for having taken the trip.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report