According to Gohmert’s office, the Texas Republican was slated to travel with California Republican Dana Rohrabacher “to meet with their friend,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “But his participation was disapproved after all arrangements were made,” his communications director, Kimberly Willingham, told CQ Roll Call.

Willingham added that Gohmert was also scheduled to travel to Africa with Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., and others on a military plane. “But the speaker’s office disapproved the trip,” Willingham said.

During his customary floor remarks Thursday after the House finished its legislative business for the week, Gohmert spoke about the unrest in the Middle East and Obama administration policies that he felt were a slap in the face for Israel and the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Gohmert suggested it was important to talk to foreign leaders involved in the Middle East, but he said he could no longer do that “because the speaker won’t allow me to go overseas to talk to them.”