Trump cancels U.S. delegation’s visit to Davos over government shutdown - White House

Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab attends a press conference ahead of the 2019 edition of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Jan. 15 2019 in Geneva

Trump cancels U.S. delegation’s visit to Davos over government shutdown - White House

President Donald Trump, who cancelled his visit to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, has now called off the U.S. delegation's trip to the annual meeting, citing the partial government shutdown.

President Donald Trump has canceled his delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week, due to the partial US government shutdown, according to a statement Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released on Thursday.

Pompeo was to lead the United States delegation along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Kang had told reporters Wednesday as she was trying to arrange the meeting with Pompeo. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.

Trump had already been announced prior to the days of his renunciation of the planned trip in the Alps.

Pelosi and her delegation had planned a non-publicized trip to Afghanistan - an active war zone - and were due to travel aboard a US Air Force plane.

A white house official says that all congressional delegations overseas that would have used federally funded military aircraft have been grounded by trump until the shutdown ends.

Rubbing it in, Trump said that Pelosi could still book her own non-government flights.

The postponement came a day after the California Democrat sent Trump a letter, urging him to either reschedule his January 29 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress or deliver it in writing.

House Democrats who had been slated for the trip were left fuming, including freshman congresswoman Elaine Luria, a 20-year Navy veteran who said the objective was to express appreciation to Americans in uniform and gain critical intelligence on the ground.

Organisers of next week's annual Davos conclave put on a courageous face Friday after US President Donald Trump withdrew his entire delegation, insisting the forum still had plenty of political and corporate firepower in its debating armoury.

Trump personally made the decision to cancel the Davos trip Thursday afternoon, two White House officials said. "The Speaker commends her colleagues on the delegation, who personally and officially have dedicated their lives to protect and defend the American people".

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