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Trump cancels planned Davos trip as shutdown continues

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(Reuters) - U.S. on Thursday canceled a planned visit to the in Davos, later this month amid a shutdown of the federal government, signaling he was prepared for the political showdown to stretch into late January.

It was unclear whether the partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day, would end before the start of the global economic meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 22 to Jan. 25, as Trump and congressional Democrats dug into a fight over funding for the government and Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-border.

"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 World Economic Forum," Trump wrote on

The had told reporters at the earlier on Thursday that he intended to speak at the forum but would not attend if the shutdown continued.

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

The is engaged in trade talks with the and China, among others.

and the have agreed to a 90-day pause in implementing tariffs in order to hammer out a trade deal.

China's Vice was expected to attend the Swiss meeting, but it was unclear whether any talks had been planned between him and Trump.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by and Susan Heavey; Editing by Steve Orlofsky, and Bernadette Baum)

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 00:37 IST
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