Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Trump Cancels White House Trip To Davos, Citing Government Shutdown

Trump cancels US delegation’s trip to Davos summit, Sanders says Donald Trump cancels U.S. delegation to World Economic Forum amid shutdown
Pablo Mccormick | 19 January, 2019, 23:13

A week after stating that he would not attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland's Davos, U.S. President Donald Trump has also canceled the American delegation's trip, CNBC reported late Thursday citing sources.

The White House delegation, confirmed last Friday, included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross among other top officials.

In canceling the military aircraft, Mr. Trump said Pelosi shouldn't be traveling during the government shutdown, and should stay in town instead.

The mess in the USA capital already verged on the surreal as Congress feuds with the White House over how to end an impasse now in its fourth week, with thousands of federal workers left unpaid.

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The announcement came hours after the president canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip overseas.

The ongoing shutdown on January 12 broke the previous record of 21 days of United States government shutdown under the Bill Clinton administration in December 16, 1995 to January 5, 1996.

Trump, who attended last year's Davos event, had planned to go again this year, but pulled out last week as he grapples with Democrats in Congress over funding for a wall on the border with Mexico that has led to the shutdown. "Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative".

Trump said that Pelosi could still book her own non-government flights.

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Trump postponing Pelosi's trip over the shutdown was itself seen as retaliation to her demanding the president put on hold his State of the Union address until the government reopens.

But he also hit out at Trump, saying "denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is also inappropriate".

And just as Ms Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, put her request down to the impact of the partial government shutdown, so Mr Trump said the cancellation was "due to the shutdown".

Several Democratic members of Congress swiftly criticised Mnuchin for proceeding with plans to go to the Swiss ski resort to meet with the financial elite and heads of state while Mr Trump was preventing the speaker from visiting USA troops in a war zone.

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