US President Donald Trump on Thursday cancelled his planned trip later this month to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, amid the ongoing partial shutdown of the US government.
“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 tweeted.
Trump, while talking to the press at the White House, informed that his trip to Davos in Switzerland is ‘still on’ for now, but he ‘won’t go’ if the government shutdown continues ahead of January 21, according to The Hill.
The annual World Economic Forum meeting is scheduled to begin from January 22 and will continue till January 25.
The US government shutdown reached an impasse after President Trump on Wednesday walked out of the negotiation meeting over wall funding with Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.
“Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” Trump tweeted.
This comes a day after Trump, in his maiden address from the Oval office, reiterated his demand for USD 5.7 billion to fund a wall on the border with Mexico, asserting that the “growing crisis” of illegal immigration is hurting millions of Americans
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. My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump January 10, 2019