White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown

White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown
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The White House on Tuesday announced a scaled-back delegation that will head to Davos, Switzerland, next week for the World Economic Forum amid a partial government shutdown that shows few signs of ending.

Five administration officials will attend the gathering for political leaders and global elites, pared down from roughly a dozen who were previously slated to attend.

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The group will attend the conference in Switzerland from Jan. 22-25.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced in December that President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE would join roughly a dozen other administration officials in Switzerland. Trump has since said he will not attend, citing the shutdown.

Other officials who will no longer make the trip include Labor Secretary Alex AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaDems ask Justice Dept to release findings of Acosta-Epstein investigation The hoax is on us: Smollett exemplifies celebrity justice US Attorney's Office in Miami recuses itself from Epstein case MORE, Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoHillicon Valley: Trump meets Twitter CEO after slamming company | Kushner calls Russia probes more 'harmful' than election interference | Dem wants FTC to hold Zuckerberg 'liable' for data missteps | Sri Lanka faces tough questions over social media ban FAA approves drone delivery for Google spinoff Wing Why an independent panel must investigate Boeing crashes MORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenDemocratic Party chief: Trump is 'compromised' Hillicon Valley: Facebook expects up to B FTC fine | DHS face scanning at airports sparks alarm | New Twitter tool targets election misinformation | Lawmakers want answers on Google 'Sensorvault' Dems accuse White House of caving to Trump's 'ego' on Russian meddling MORE, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonFormer White House aide who mocked McCain joins pro-Trump super PAC Trump Cabinet down to three women amid administration turnover The Hill's Morning Report - Trump cleaning house on border security MORE and White House advisers Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment Author of book on Kushners mocks Jared: He couldn't get a TSA PreCheck without Trump's help What Jared Kushner has to tell Donald Trump on immigration MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpAuthor of book on Kushners mocks Jared: He couldn't get a TSA PreCheck without Trump's help Africa's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? A Trump visit to Africa is important — and carries some urgency MORE.

Some of the officials attending, as well as a few who will no longer make the trip, oversee government agencies that are shuttered during a funding lapse that has lasted 25 days and counting. The departments of the Treasury, Homeland Security, Transportation, Commerce, State, Housing and Urban Development and Interior are among those closed during the shutdown.

Trump attended the forum last year, becoming just the second sitting U.S. president to do so. The U.S. does typically send a delegation of high-ranking officials.