Obama cancels trips to the Philippines and Malaysia, Kerry to take his place
WASHINGTON (AP/AFP) - United States President Barack Obama is cancelling two stops on his long-planned trip to Asia because of the partial government shutdown.
Mr Obama is scheduled to leave on Saturday night for what was originally a four-nation tour. The White House says Mr Obama will still travel to Indonesia and Brunei, but is calling off the final two stops in Malaysia and the Philippines.
In both cases, Secretary of State John Kerry will take the President's place, the White House said in separate statements.
The shutdown took effect early on Tuesday after Congress missed its deadline to fund the government.