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Prez Trump cancels Davos trip due to US govt shutdown over border wall issue

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has canceled his planned trip to the annual meeting of the (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, citing the "intransigence" of the Democrats on his funding request to build a controversial wall along the US-border.

was scheduled to attend the five-day Summit which will begin from January 21.

"I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, for the World Economic Forum," the tweeted.

has demanded USD 5.7 billion from the to construct a wall along the US-border, which he said is crucial to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and smuggling of drugs into the country.

The Democrats who support border security measures, argue that constructing a wall is not the best use of taxpayers' money.

Earlier, Trump told reporters at the before leaving for a visit to the southern border in that he will skip the annual meeting of the (WEF) at in if the ongoing partial shutdown of the government continues.

"I intended to go and speak in front of the international community in That's still on, but if the shutdown continues, I won't go," he had said.

Later, he tweeted to cancel his Davos trip.

"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, for the My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF!" Trump said.

The WEF, an annual gathering of the world's political and financial elite, is typically an event American presidents avoid. Trump was the to attend the forum, in 2018, since attended in 2000, reported.

The partial shutdown has brought the functioning of several wings of the federal government, including the State Department, to a stand still, leaving more than 800,000 employees without pay.

The shutdown will enter its 22nd day on Saturday, breaking the previous record of 21 days of shutdown under the administration in December 16, 1995 to January 5, 1996.

Trump said the partial government shutdown could be resolved in 15 minutes, but for the Democrats, who he alleged are not interested in national security.

"The buck stops with everybody. They can solve this problem in literally 15 minutes. We could be back, we could have border security. They could stop this problem in 15 minutes if they wanted to," he said.

"I really believe now that they (Democrats) don't want to...they don't care about crime," he added.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 18:00 IST