Nancy Pelosi, the next speaker of the House of Representatives, is reportedly spending the government shutdown at a Hawaiian resort.
A person answering the media contact number for Pelosi’s office identified herself as “press desk.” When asked about the vacation, she told the Washington Examiner: “I’m not allowed to talk about that.” She said she would pass on a message on to the deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, who did not respond.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the California Democrat was seen Thursday at the Fairmont Orchid resort, which features accommodations up to almost $5,000 a night.
The resort is located on “The Big Island,” which is the state’s namesake. The resort features a 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, despite it being on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The resort also has a “Spa Without Walls,” where the least expensive facial is $99.
The first available rooms at the resort this week are currently priced at $2,500 a night for a 1,000-square-foot suite and $3,500 a night for a 1,400-square-foot suite.
Pelosi is no stranger to expensive Hawaiian vacations. The Hawaii Reporter noted in 2011 that Pelosi had developed a habit of expensive suites in Hawaii and cost local taxpayers over $30,000 for her security detail. There is no confirmation whether or not Pelosi’s current trip is on federal taxpayers’ dime.
President Trump, in the aftermath of the government shutdown, chose not to join Melania Trump or his son Barron in Mar-a-Lago for their traditional family getaway during Christmas, electing to stay in Washington to try and get a deal done to end the shutdown and has also decided to stay in D.C. for New Year’s as well.