Trump cancels Davos trip over US-Mexico border wall row

  • Trump cancels Davos trip over US-Mexico border wall row

Trump cancels Davos trip over US-Mexico border wall row

President Donald Trump says he is canceling his trip to Davos, Switzerland because of the partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day.

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his upcoming trip to the annual worldwide conference at Davos, blaming the ongoing row in Washington over building wall on the border with Mexico. 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.

Trump said Thursday morning as he left the White Houe for Texas that he hadn't yet made the decision to cancel his Davos trip.

"I meant to go and speak in front of the world's financial community in Davos, that is still on", Trump told reporters at the White House ahead of his departure to the United States southern border in Texas.

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

The Davos conference is scheduled to start on January 22, so Trump's announcement means the current government shutdown may continue to that date and beyond. I won't go. I had planned to go, it's been very successful when I went.

Trump walked out of a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) on Wednesday, calling it a "waste of time" because the Democrats were not willing to negotiate. The meeting concludes on January 25.

The Swiss meeting could also provide Trump with opportunities to discuss better terms of trade with the European Union, Japan, Canada and Mexico. He added that it is much easier for him to deal with the government of China on trade than to reach a compromise with Democrats on the border wall.