Owing to a partial shutdown in the U.S. Government, the President of United States (U.S.), Donald Trump has
called off his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum, which is scheduled to be held in Davos, Switzerland, next week.
A government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass enough appropriation bills or continuing resolutions to fund Federal Government operations and agencies, or when the President refuses to sign such bills or resolutions into law.
Trump had to withdraw as he struggles with Democrats in Congress regarding the funding of a wall on the border with Mexico that has led to the shutdown.
The Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders has said, “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 cancelled his Delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”
Treasury Secretary – Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce – Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative – Robert Lighthizer and Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination – Chris Liddell were a part of the delegation.
Mnuchin and Pompeo were to speak jointly at the opening session on January 22, 2019. They were planning to hosting a gala dinner of the Group of Seven Foreign and Finance Ministers to discuss about national security and economic issues.
For the records, the annual conference in Switzerland comprises of influential and key world leaders and business executives. The theme for world Economic Forum 2019 is “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”