Trump will cancel planned Davos trip if shutdown continues

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2019

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.

US President Donald Trump has canceled his planned trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, citing the ongoing impasse with congressional Democrats that's keeping parts of the US government closed for a third week.

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.

It was unclear whether the partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day, would end before the start of the global economic meeting, which is scheduled for January 22 to January 25, as Trump and congressional Democrats dug into a fight over funding for the government and Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. Trump said in a Twitter post.

Talking with reporters early Thursday, Trump was still deciding if he was going to attend.

"I meant to go and speak in front of the world financial community in Davos". I won't go, ' he said then. It's been very successful when I went.

The partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day, could end by the meeting's Jan 22 start date.

At the White House on Thursday, the United States president reiterated his view that the discussions were a total waste of time but denied pounding the table or having "temper tantrums", as described by Schumer. The meeting concludes on January 25.

Trump's most recent talks with top Democrats Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday night unravelled after the president walked out of the meeting.

'I really do. I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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