Obama also cancels Philippines visit

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govt shutdownAfter the White House said that US President Barack Obama will cancel his trip to Malaysia, it added on October 2 that the president will also postpone his visit to Manila which was planned for next week because of the partial government shutdown in the US.

Obama was scheduled on October 5 on what originally was a four-nation tour to Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei, where Obama was to participate in regional economic forums. The last two stops are currently being “evaluated” by the White House, a spokesperson said.

The White House said Obama spoke by telephone on October 1 with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to tell them he wouldn’t be coming next week and to commit to visiting both countries later in his term.

The Malaysian prime minister said he understood. “If I were in his shoes, I would do the same,” Najib said in Kuala Lumpur. From Manila, Aquino spokesman Ricky Carandang also said Obama’s decision was understandable. He said he looked forward to welcoming Obama “at a more opportune time.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who left Washington on October 1 for Asia and plans to join Obama in Indonesia and Brunei, will represent the US in Malaysia and the Philippines next week, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki

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After the White House said that US President Barack Obama will cancel his trip to Malaysia, it added on October 2 that the president will also postpone his visit to Manila which was planned for next week because of the partial government shutdown in the US.

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govt shutdownAfter the White House said that US President Barack Obama will cancel his trip to Malaysia, it added on October 2 that the president will also postpone his visit to Manila which was planned for next week because of the partial government shutdown in the US.

Obama was scheduled on October 5 on what originally was a four-nation tour to Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei, where Obama was to participate in regional economic forums. The last two stops are currently being “evaluated” by the White House, a spokesperson said.

The White House said Obama spoke by telephone on October 1 with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to tell them he wouldn’t be coming next week and to commit to visiting both countries later in his term.

The Malaysian prime minister said he understood. “If I were in his shoes, I would do the same,” Najib said in Kuala Lumpur. From Manila, Aquino spokesman Ricky Carandang also said Obama’s decision was understandable. He said he looked forward to welcoming Obama “at a more opportune time.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who left Washington on October 1 for Asia and plans to join Obama in Indonesia and Brunei, will represent the US in Malaysia and the Philippines next week, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki

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