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.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump considering meeting with China's Xi next month to finish trade deal U.S. farm exports expected to drop nearly billion amid US-China trade dispute Huawei CEO: Daughter's arrest was 'politically motivated' MORE will lead the delegation. He will be joined by Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump selects Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador Father of Alabama woman who joined ISIS sues Trump administration Russia extends detention of US citizen accused of spying: report MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossFederal judge refuses to delay ruling on census citizenship question Washington bureaucrats are handing China keys to 5G kingdom EU prepared to respond to possible Trump auto tariffs MORE, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerTrump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks McConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell.


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

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced in December that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border 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 call on Trump to fire Acosta White House 'looking into' Acosta role in Epstein case The Hill's Morning Report — Emergency declaration to test GOP loyalty to Trump MORE, Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ Taiwan’s President Tsai should be invited to address Congress White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown MORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenImmigrant advocacy groups seek restraining order to block Trump asylum policy The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration 2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report MORE, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonTrump donates 0,000 from salary to alcoholism research White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown ‘We Can Do It!’: Women and bipartisanship MORE and White House advisers Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFive things to know about Trump confidant Tom Barrack Dems open new front against Trump Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump endorses Nikki Haley's daughter for student vice president Trump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users Ivanka must recalibrate her paid family leave plan to make it tenable 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.