Trump Cancels US Delegation Trip To Davos Over Government Shutdown

18 Janvier, 2019, 19:24 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

Last week, Mr. Trump cancelled his planned trip to the WEF meeting, citing the "intransigence" of the Democrats on his funding request to build a controversial wall along the US-Mexico border.

In a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (via CNN's Kaitlan Collins), the White House announced that the trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland is off due to the ongoing government shutdown.

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.

Trump postponing Pelosi's trip over the shutdown was itself seen as retaliation to her demanding the president put on hold his State of the Union address until the government reopens.

Trump's move against Pelosi drew criticism from Democrats and even some Republicans, while the president's detractors on Twitter quickly accused him of "hypocrisy" fornot canceling his delegation's Davos trip for the same reasons.

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Mnuchin and Pompeo had planned to speak jointly to the opening session of the forum on January 22.

The cancellation of the United States delegation visit to the WEF meeting came on a day Mr. Trump postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan, citing the shutdown. Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell.

After the news broke, a spokesperson from Pelosi's office, Drew Hammill, said the objective 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.

Trump informed Pelosi earlier Thursday that she couldn't use a military plane to visit Afghanistan barely an hour before she was to depart, saying she should stay in Washington to negotiate. "Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative".

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