If a government shutdown over his US-Mexico wall continues, the President of United States, Donald Trump, on Thursday said that he will skip the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“If the shutdown continues, I won’t go,” Trump, who is planning to attend the Davos meeting in just under two weeks, said.
“I intended to go and speak in front of the world financial community in Davos. That’s still on, but if the shutdown continues … I won’t go. I had planned to go, it’s been very successful when I went. We have a great story to tell,” Trump told reporters before leaving the White House to visit Texas.
While Trump is clashing with the opposition Democrats over his demand for them to authorize construction of hundreds of miles of wall along the Mexican border, swaths of the US government have already been without funding for three weeks.
China’s Vice President Wang Qishan is also expected to be present at the Davos meeting, but whether a meeting between him and Trump during the annual gathering has been scheduled or not is unclear till now. China and the United States have taken a 90-day pause in implementing tariffs to hammer out a trade deal.
The meeting in Davos can also supplement Trump with opportunities to discuss better terms of trade with the European Union, Japan, Canada, and Mexico.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump headed to the US-Mexico border to push his demand for a wall, a day after he walked out of negotiations with Democrats in a political crisis crippling the government.
Trump left early from the White House en route for Texas, a trip which will give Trump yet another high-profile stage to push his wall plan.
He wasexpected to visit the community of McAllen and meet with local border patrol agents there.
“We need border security,” Trump told journalists before boarding the Marine One helicopter.
Trump wants $5.7 billion for construction of a wall that he says is needed to stop a violent crime crisis caused by an unsecured border.
However, the Democrats are of the opinion that the wall would not solve real US immigration problems and is being promoted as a gimmick to satisfy the president’s right-wing base.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has been trying to pressurize the Congress by refusing to sign off on a host of unrelated, normally uncontroversial government spending, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
Hundreds of thousands of federal employees, including air traffic controllers and members of the Coast Guard, have been without pay for three weeks.