Trump Cancels Davos Trip, Citing Battle Over Border Security at Home
President Trump on Thursday canceled his planned trip to the annual and glittering economic conference in Davos, Switzerland, citing what he called the Democrats’ intransigence on his funding request to build a wall along the United States’ southern border.
Mr. Trump and congressional Democrats are at an impasse over the president’s request of over $5.7 billion to build the wall. That impasse caused a partial government shutdown, which has been going for nearly three weeks.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Trump told reporters that he still planned to go to the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month. It was not immediately clear what made him change his mind when he posted his change of plans on Twitter.
The forum, an annual gathering of the world’s political and financial elite, is typically an event American presidents avoid. Mr. Trump was the first president to attend the forum, in 2018, since Bill Clinton attended in 2000.
As Mr. Trump left for Texas on Thursday, where he planned to make a case for the wall, the president said that if the shutdown persisted, he would cancel his Davos trip.
“I intended to go and speak in front of the world financial community in Davos,” Mr. Trump said on Thursday. “But if the shutdown continues — which is in a while from now — but if the shutdown continues, I won’t go. I had planned to go. It’s been very successful when I went.”
The White House had not disclosed a specific agenda for Mr. Trump during the forum in Davos, which begins on Jan. 22. But officials have said it might have been a setting for high-level trade discussions between the United States and China. The latest round of negotiations between the nations ended Wednesday.