Obama postpones Malaysia trip over US shutdown
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - President Barack Obama has scrapped a visit to Malaysia due to the US government shutdown, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Wednesday, raising questions over the US leader’s attendance at two regional summits.
Mr Obama was to deliver an address in Malaysia on Oct 11 as part of a four-country swing through South-east Asia including international summits in Indonesia and Brunei.
But he will now be replaced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Mr Najib’s office said.
It was not immediately clear whether the budget crisis in Washington would cause the US president to also skip the long-planned annual summit meetings.
During those gatherings, Mr Obama is expected to push for final agreement on an Asia-Pacific trade agreement while underscoring his administration’s much-touted renewed economic and security focus on Asia.