President Trump speaks to reporters before departing for Texas on Thursday
10 January, 2019, 22:42
US President Donald Trumpsaid on Thursday he is still scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland later this month but will not go if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues. Trump says he's canceling his trip because of Democrats' "intransigence" on border security.
Talking with reporters early Thursday, Trump was still deciding if he was going to attend.
The US delegation to the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Switzerland is to include Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Secretary Robert Lighthizer, among other top administration officials. Trump and Democrats are at an impasse over funding for Trump's proposed wall at the southern border.
The president said Americans had a great story to tell on the economy, but conceded that the shutdown fight was more important.
After Thursday, the current shutdown will be the longest in US history.
Trump walked out of a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) on Wednesday, calling it a "waste of time" because the Democrats were not willing to negotiate.
The Swiss meeting could also provide Trump with opportunities to discuss better terms of trade with the European Union, Japan, Canada and Mexico.