US shutdown: Obama cancels trip to Malaysia

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air_force_one_doorPresident Barack Obama has postponed a October 11 visit to Malaysia due to the US government shutdown, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on October 2. He would send Secretary of State John Kerry in his place, local media reports said.

However, it was not immediately clear if he also cancelled his visits to Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei which were scheduled for the same week-long Asia trip.

The shutdown “might affect” the scheduled visit to Manila, Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said on October 1.

While there was no statement from the White House on the issue yet, the Washington Post wrote that Obama was facing political pressure to remain in Washington during the crisis.

However, senior administration officials insisted publicly on October 1 that the trip, which is scheduled to begin on October 5, remained a go. But privately they said they were considering whether the trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines can go forward as planned, given logistical constraints with a reduced staff.

The US government has begun a partial shutdown on October 1 after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over. It is the first shutdown in 17 years.

 

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President Barack Obama has postponed a October 11 visit to Malaysia due to the US government shutdown, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on October 2. He would send Secretary of State John Kerry in his place, local media reports said.

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air_force_one_doorPresident Barack Obama has postponed a October 11 visit to Malaysia due to the US government shutdown, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on October 2. He would send Secretary of State John Kerry in his place, local media reports said.

However, it was not immediately clear if he also cancelled his visits to Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei which were scheduled for the same week-long Asia trip.

The shutdown “might affect” the scheduled visit to Manila, Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said on October 1.

While there was no statement from the White House on the issue yet, the Washington Post wrote that Obama was facing political pressure to remain in Washington during the crisis.

However, senior administration officials insisted publicly on October 1 that the trip, which is scheduled to begin on October 5, remained a go. But privately they said they were considering whether the trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines can go forward as planned, given logistical constraints with a reduced staff.

The US government has begun a partial shutdown on October 1 after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over. It is the first shutdown in 17 years.

 

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