Heard on the Hill

Spotted: Donald Trump Jr. mistakenly heading toward Pelosi’s office in search of McCarthy

President’s son might have followed familiar path from when Republicans controlled the House

Donald Trump Jr. walks through Statuary Hall toward Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office before realizing his mistake and turning around. Trump Jr. intended to pay a visit to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the Capitol before his father’s State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump Jr. entered Statuary Hall for his father’s State of the Union address on Tuesday headed for a friendly office but ended up in enemy territory.

The president’s son intended to pay a visit to the office of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy but was headed to that of Speaker Nancy Pelosi before he reversed course.

Heard on the Hill suspects that route was out of habit for Trump Jr., given that Paul Ryan inhabited that office when Republicans controlled the House.

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 5: Donald Trump Jr., walks through Statuary Hall on his way to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office before his father President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. He had mistakenly walked towards Speaker Pelosi's office first. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Trump Jr. walks toward McCarthy’s office after changing course. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats took over control of the House in January after winning more seats in the 2018 midterm elections.

It’s common for party leadership to have meetings with family members, political figures and State of the Union guests ahead of the address.

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