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Trump cancels planned Davos trip as shutdown drags on

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

It was unclear whether the shutdown, now in its 20th day, would end before the start of the global economic meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 22 to 25. Trump and congressional Democrats are in a battle 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.

told reporters after a briefing with lawmakers on Capitol Hill that he was talking with the about whether he would still make the trip to

"My guess is if we do continue it, it will be in a scaled-back version," Mnuchin said.

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 president, Wang Qishan, 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; Additional reporting by Makini Brice; Writing by and Susan Heavey; Editing by and Peter Cooney)

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 05:33 IST
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