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Trump cancels US' delegation to Davos, Pelosi's foreign trips

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Patty Aguilar | 19 January, 2019, 23:17

US President Donald Trump has canceled his delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, next week, due to the partial US government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a press release on Thursday.

On Thursday, the U.S. government shutdown entered day 27 as congressional Democrats and Trump continue to be at odds on a new spending bill.

President Trump has canceled his administration's trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum next week.

Trump mentioned the shutdown when he cancelled his visit to the World Forum in Davos in Switzerland next week.

This article has been updated with details about the shutdown-related exchanges between Trump and Pelosi.

The World Economic Forum's annual meeting, nestled in the Swiss Alps, is a gathering of top world leaders, as well as high profile investors and economists.

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Earlier on Thursday, the president also postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan, citing the shutdown.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer also planned to be part of the delegation. "In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate", Trump wrote.

The mess in the United States capital already verged on the surreal as Congress feuds with the White House over how to end an impasse now in its fourth week, with thousands of federal workers left unpaid.

Pelosi's spokesman Drew Hammill said Trump was mischaracterising the speaker's trip as some kind of jaunt.

Mr. Trump's decision to pull Pelosi's military plane came one day after she asked him to postpone his State of the Union address because of the shutdown, although a White House official insists the president didn't make the move in response to Pelosi.

After the news broke, a spokesperson from Pelosi's office, Drew Hammill, said the goal of the trip was to meet with allies and "express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication" - while noting there was no planned stop in Egypt.

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