WASHINGTON (WKOW) – The partial government shutdown is interrupting President Barack Obama's plans by forcing him to cancel two stops on his long-planned trip to Asia.
President Obama was originally supposed to leave on Saturday for a four-nation tour. However, the White House says Obama will travel to Indonesia and Brunei, but is calling off the final two stops in Malaysia and the Philippines. The trip is part of Obama's broader focus on boosting U.S. economic ties in Asia.
President Obama has previously canceled two trips to Asia. In 2020 he stayed in Washington for votes on his health care law and then another time because of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
The shutdown took effect early Tuesday after Congress missed its deadline to reach an agreement and fund the government.
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