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Government Shutdown Plight Mounts as Trump Cancels his Delegation Trip

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Last updated on January 21st, 2019

The partial government shutdown has reached its 28th day and the authorities seem to be overlooking the discernible impacts. Now impinging on the international relations, the impasse has led to cancellation of a delegation trip.

Citing the ongoing government shutdown, President Donald Trump announced that he has canceled his trip to the World Economic Forum, which runs from January 22 to 25.

In a statement on Thursday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his Delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”

The annual conference in Davos convenes several powerful executives, finance ministers and influential world leaders.

Last week, the President canceled his own plans to attend the forum citing the government shutdown, which he has blamed on the Congressional Democrats, saying that it is “because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security”.

On Tuesday, the White House announced that it had planned to send a five-person delegation to the forum. The delegation would have been led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Besides, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chris Liddell were to join him on the trip.

However, the Trump administration’s visit to Davos was also canceled yesterday. According to the media reports, the President was under pressure after he postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip to the US troops overseas, along with the other members of Congress.

Trump has reportedly postponed Pelosi’s trip over the ongoing government shutdown. Besides, many have also speculated it as retaliation to Pelosi’s request of rescheduling the State of the Union address, or to deliver it in writing.

The dispute between President Trump and the Congressional Democrats over the border wall funding initially caused issues that were comparatively avoidable. However, as the government shutdown has extended with no end in sight yet, the concern is soaring to a level that might soon become intractable.

Trump cancelling his Davos visit is one bare example of how the existing instability could affect the international interests. Moreover, while the country is growing exposing its national volatility in the global market, chances are it might have to face a scarcity of inflow of international investments.

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