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Mnuchin and Pompeo were expected to lead the US delegation

Mnuchin and Pompeo were expected to lead the US delegation

The White House has said US President Donald Trump has cancelled his delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown.

Besides, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chris Liddell were to join him on the trip. "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over".

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday that Trump made the move "out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed".

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"I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is appropriate", he wrote.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill released a statement Friday saying that while Pelosi and the congressional delegation set to travel with her were prepared to use commercial travel for their trip, the risks associated with the trip only grew after details of those plans to a war zone leaked. Her office said Egypt was not on the itinerary.

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that it had planned to send a five-person delegation to the forum.

The shutdown is a result of the bitter political divided over border security issue as the Democrats who now enjoy majority in the House have refused to approve a legislation approving Dollars 5.7 billion in federal funding to construct a wall across the US-Mexico border. "The Speaker commends her colleagues on the delegation, who personally and officially have dedicated their lives to protect and defend the American people". After Trump walked out of a meeting at the White House last week, Democrats have refused to come to the negotiation table.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said he believed cancelling a speaker of the House's fact-finding mission to a war zone was a first for a United States president.

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