Trump cancels trip to economic forum in Davos due to shutdown

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"I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum", he said in a tweet. He said he will not attending because Democrats will not budge on border security, thus continuing the government shutdown. Trump and Democrats are at an impasse over funding for Trump's proposed wall at the southern border.

Earlier in the day Trump said still meant to go, but would cancel if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues. The president wants Congress to approve $5.7 billion to help fulfill a campaign promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border that he insists is necessary to stem illegal migration.

"I meant to go and speak in front of the world financial community in Davos".

The partial U.S. government shutdown is in its 20th day, with no sign of an agreement.

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At the White House on Thursday, the United States president reiterated his view that the discussions were a total waste of time but denied pounding the table or having "temper tantrums", as described by Schumer.

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.

"And I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Cryin" Chuck and Nancy, ' he added, in a slap at Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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