Obama Cancels Rest Of Asia Trip Due To Shutdown

AP

President Barack Obama’s travel to Indonesia and Brunei was canceled due to the government shutdown, the White House announced in a statement Thursday night. 

“The President made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government,” the statement read.

Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to travel to both countries in the president’s place, according to the White House.

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