Donald Trump's trip to Davos in flux due to shutdown, says White House

An armed member of the Swiss Police watches from the roof of the Hotel Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan 16, 2017.
An armed member of the Swiss Police watches from the roof of the Hotel Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan 16, 2017. Bloomberg photo by Simon Dawson
Trump (above) had been due to travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Trump (above) had been due to travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – The White House will decide “day-to-day” on whether President Donald Trump, members of his Cabinet and other administration officials will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said at a press briefing on Saturday that a final decision hasn’t been made on whether Trump will travel as planned, given the federal government shutdown that began overnight.

The president is expected to arrive at Davos on Jan 25 and make a speech to the forum on Jan 26.

On Friday, a White House official declined to say whether Trump would attend Davos – an annual gathering of the world’s financial and political elite, at which the president was expected to hammer home his “America First” message – if the government was shut.

Trump is scheduled to meet in Switzerland with leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May.

A large White House contingent is expected to go as well, from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to the secretaries of labour, transportation and energy and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.