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Trump cancels delegation's trip to Davos amid shutdown

The White House on Thursday scrapped a scheduled trip by several Cabinet officials to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, citing the partial government shutdown.

The decision comes after President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE upped the stakes in the shutdown standoff with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.) by nixing her planned trip to Afghanistan.

“Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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Trump last week cancelled his own visit to the annual gathering of world leaders and financial titans because of what he called “the Democrats intransigence on Border Security.”

The White House on Tuesday announced it would send a scaled-back delegation to the forum, which runs from Jan. 22-25.

The White House had announced on Tuesday a scaled-back delegation for the gathering of political leaders and global elites, which runs from Jan. 22-25.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinOn The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Mnuchin expected to launch investment fund seeking backing from Persian Gulf region: report Larry Kudlow debuts to big ratings on Fox Business Network MORE was set to lead the team, joined by Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS intel: Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing Golden statue of Trump at CPAC ridiculed online Five things to watch at CPAC MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossFormer Trump officials find tough job market On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerBob LighthizerWhiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell.

Trump had come under pressure to cancel or further pare back his administration’s Davos visit after he refused to provide military transportation for Pelosi’s congressional delegation, which was set to meet with NATO commanders in Brussels and U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBiden holds off punishing Saudi crown prince, despite US intel Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Democrats demand Saudi accountability over Khashoggi killing MORE (D-Calif.) earlier Thursday questioned why the Speaker’s trip was canceled, while a group of administration officials had still been scheduled to visit Davos next week.

“The president's concern about [a trip] into a war zone apparently doesn't apply to a delegation from the administration going to Davos the following week. Because we got confirmation that is still planned,” he said.

Mike Lillis contributed.