Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump cancels trip to economic forum in Davos due to shutdown

Trump cancels trip to economic forum in Davos due to shutdown

US President Donald Trump in a statement on Thursday said he is cancelling his trip to the economic summit in Davos because the Democrats are being recalcitrant over border security.

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his upcoming trip to the annual global conference at Davos, blaming the ongoing row in Washington over building wall on the border with Mexico.

Partisan disagreements over the project, which was the president's signature campaign promise, drove a stalemate that caused the lapse in funding on December 21 for about one-quarter of the government.

After Thursday, the current shutdown will be the longest in US history.

The president had told reporters at the White House earlier on Thursday that he meant to speak at the forum but would not attend if the shutdown continued.

'I meant to go and speak in front of the world financial community in Davos. "That's still on, but if the shutdown continues - it's a little while from now - but if the shutdown continues, I won't go", he said.

The partial U.S. government shutdown is in its 20th day, with no sign of an agreement. Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday, calling it a "waste of time". It concludes on January 25.

China's Vice President Wang Qishan was expected to attend the Swiss meeting, but it was unclear whether any talks had been planned between him and Trump.

China and the United States have taken a 90-day pause in implementing tariffs to hammer out a trade deal.

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