Trump cancels trip to Switzerland over government shutdown
Added 01-10-19 02:35:02pm EST - “President Donald Trump said Thursday that he's canceling his trip later this month to a global forum in Switzerland because of the partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day.” - Washingtontimes.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s canceling his trip later this month to a global forum in Switzerland because of the partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day.
The president was scheduled to leave Jan. 21 to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, an annual event that attracts high-profile business and political figures, plus thinkers, artists and other elites. He blamed the cancellation on Democrats in Congress, saying they are not willing to negotiate a resolution to the shutdown, which is hung up on Trump‘ demand for money to build a wall on the southern border.
“Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety for our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum,” Trump tweeted. “My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF!” Trump tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Trump said the trip was “still on” and he would cancel if the shutdown over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall continued. He told reporters on the South Lawn that he wanted to attend and speak before the world financial community. Fewer than five hours later, he nixed the trip.
“We have a great story to tell,” Trump said about what he intended to say at the forum. “We have the best job numbers we’ve ever had, in many ways. Certainly with African-Americans, with Hispanic, with Asian-Americans. And overall, we have the best job numbers in at least 50 years. The economy is incredible. We’re negotiating and having tremendous success with China.”
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