President Donald Trump said Thursday he would cancel his trip to Davos, Switzerland later this month as the government shutdown continues.
“I intended to go and speak in front of the world financial community in Davos, that’s still on but if the government shutdown continues, I won’t go,” Trump said to reporters on Thursday morning.
Later Thursday, the president officially canceled his trip, announcing the news on Twitter.
“I am respectfully canceling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum,” he said. “My warmest regards and apologies to the [World Economic Forum.]
The World Economic Forum featuring global political and economic leaders begins on January 22 in Davos.
The president said Americans had a great story to tell on the economy, but conceded that the shutdown fight was more important.
In 2018, Trump traveled to Davos with his team delivering a speech on the restored American economy.
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, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019