Trump escalates shutdown row by cancelling Pelosi trip – live

Sarah Sanders posted letter from president saying he will refuse to provide House speaker military aircraft to travel abroad

8.35pm GMT

Pelosi’s spokesman responds to the cancellation. He says the trip was not scheduled to visit Egypt and notes that Trump visited Iraq during the shutdown.

The CODEL to Afghanistan included a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest. In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance. (1/4)

This weekend visit to Afghanistan did not include a stop in Egypt. (2/4)

The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines. (3/4)

The President traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican CODEL led by Rep. Zeldin. (4/4)

8.26pm GMT

The powerhouse law firm Skadden Arps has just agreed to a $4.6 million settlement with the Department of Justice over its representation of Paul Manafort and retroactively register as a foreign agent.

BREAKING: SKADDEN ARPS agrees to pay $4.6M & to retroactively FARA file to settle @TheJusticeDept investigation into its work with PAUL MANAFORT on behalf of Russia-aligned Ukrainian president YANUKOVYCH. @SkaddenArps work on the account was led by ex-OBAMA WH counsel GREG CRAIG.

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Source: theguardian