President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was canceling his trip to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month.
He announced his decision in a tweet that tagged the WEF.
“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!”
Earlier in the day Trump said still intended to go, but would cancel if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues.
“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.
The partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day, could end by the meeting’s Jan. 22 start date. The meeting concludes on Jan. 25.
China’s Vice President Wang Qishan is also expected to attend, but it is not clear if there were any arrangements for a meeting between him and Trump during the annual gathering. China and the United States have taken a 90-day pause in implementing tariffs to hammer out a trade deal.
The Swiss meeting could also have provided Trump with opportunities to discuss better terms of trade with the European Union, Japan, Canada and Mexico.