Pelosi strikes back
Why would the Department of Defense be putting forth any of this information, which is misinformation and mischaracterization of a request by the Sergeant at Arms [of the US House] for security? I know that it is not coming from the president of the United States because he has really been insistent that I have the security that I need. And I myself would rather not have security.
So, no we haven't asked for any larger plane.
B, this is not my request, it is a request of the Sergeant at Arms.
C, I don't know why they would say this was necessary for the previous speaker but it's not necessary for you. And that's what the Department of Defense seems to be saying. So if you want to take it to a place... I'm not saying I'm being discriminated against because I'm a woman, I'm just saying I have no intention of having any less respect for the office I hold than all of the other speakers who have gone before me.
Apparently, the Pentagon won't let her fly commerical for "security reasons," but it is trying to force her to fly in an aircraft that won't make it across the country without a stop.