President Trump has canceled his administration’s trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum next week.
The White House released a statement on Thursday that said the White House delegation would not be making the scheduled trip due to the ongoing government shutdown.
“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,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
President Trump had already announced he would not attend the annual event. In Trump’s place, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were expected to lead the US delegation.
The announcement came hours after the president canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip abroad.
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Trump wrote in a letter to Pelosi.
The government shutdown has lasted 27 days as the president and Congressional leaders are at a standstill.