“As of now, we are where we were,” Carney said.
When a reporter asked how the president could travel to Asia during the shutdown, Carney added, “If the Speaker of the House allows a vote, the government will open right away,” Carney said.
Carney said the trip is important because "we need to be engaged in Asia."
"These are the kinds of meetings where representation by the us at the highest level achieves good things for us," he said.
But the White House spokesman wouldn't speculate about the trip being cancelled if the shutdown remains in place.
This story was updated at 2:05 p.m.