Donald Trump will cancel planned Davos trip if shutdown continues

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President Donald Trump said he will skip the annual gathering of global financial elites in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos later this month if the partial government shutdown isn't resolved by then. Trump says he's canceling his trip because of Democrats' "intransigence" on border security.

In a tweet Friday, Trump offered his "warmest regards and apologies" to the economic forum.

Earlier in the day Trump said still meant to go, but would cancel if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues.

Democrats took over the House on January 3, and have proposed several bills to reopen the government, but have rejected any funding for the wall, ever, calling it "immoral".

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The Davos conference is scheduled to start on January 22, so Trump's announcement means the current government shutdown may continue to that date and beyond.

Parts of the United States federal government have remained closed for the last 20 days as Trump and Democrats have battled over the president's request for $5.7 billion to build the border barrier. We have a great story to tell. He added that it is much easier for him to deal with the government of China on trade than to reach a compromise with Democrats on the border wall.

The cancellation quashes any opportunity for Trump to meet with other world leaders about economic issues, including trade.

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