Trump skips davos trip amid govs shutdown

Added On January 12, 2019


U.S. President Donald Trump has canceled his planned trip later this month to Davos of Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum, due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.


Trump twittered on Thursday, quote, "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 has locked himself in a stalemate with congressional Democrats in the dispute over his demand for over 5 billion U.S. dollars for funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

 Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters before setting out for a trip to the U.S. southern border that he "won't go" to Davos if the shutdown continues. 

On Dec. 18, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the presidential trip to Davos, adding that the president will be accompanied by an entourage led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. 

Trump, whose presence at the 2018 World Economic Forum was the first by a U.S. head of state since former President Bill Clinton, said Washington has "a great story to tell" at the international gathering this year, which runs on Jan. 22-25.