Trump cancels U.S. delegation to Davos forum - press secretary
(Adds White House statement)
WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has
canceled his delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in
Davos, Switzerland, next week due to the partial U.S. government
shutdown, according to a statement released by Press Secretary
Sarah Sanders on Thursday.
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 a partial shutdown of the government.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo were expected to lead the U.S. delegation in Trump's
place, two senior administration officials said this week.
"Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers
not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed,
President Trump has canceled his delegation’s trip to the World
Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland," Sanders's statement said.
Mnuchin and Pompeo had planned to speak jointly to the
opening session of the forum on Jan. 22. They were also expected
to jointly host a dinner of the Group of Seven foreign and
finance ministers to discuss national security and economic
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative
Robert Lighthizer also planned to be part of the delegation.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Lisa Lambert and Sonya
First Published: 2019-01-18 01:25:20
Updated 2019-01-18 01:44:11
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