Trump cancels Davos trip over US-Mexico border wall row

File: US President Donald Trump said he was fully prepared to close the southern US border.


WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his upcoming trip to the annual international conference at Davos, blaming the ongoing row in Washington over building wall on the border with Mexico.

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"I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum," he said in a tweet.

Trump blamed opposition Democrats' "intransigence" over his demand for $5.7 billion to extend a border wall with Mexico.

As a side-effect of the row, swaths of the US government are temporarily closed, leaving more than 800,000 employees without pay.

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Trump had been due to make a brief appearance at the annual Davos get-together, which runs between January 21-25.