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.
Earlier in the day, he told reporters that he wanted to go, but that he might not if the shutdown over funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall continues. The president is requesting Congress to approve $5.7 billion to help fulfill a campaign promise to build a wall along the US southern border.
The cancellation quashes any opportunity for Trump to meet with other world leaders about economic issues, including trade.More news: Sopranos-prequel-details-tony-christopher-dad
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The Davos conference is scheduled to start on January 22, so Trump's announcement means the current government shutdown may continue to that date and beyond.
The partial USA government shutdown is in its 20th day, with no sign of an agreement.
China and the United States have agreed to a 90-day pause in implementing tariffs in order to hammer out a trade deal.
China's Vice President Wang Qishan is also expected to attend, but it is not clear if there were any arrangements for a meeting between him and Trump during the annual gathering.