Obama Nixes Asia Trip Amid Shutdown

John Kerry will visit Indonesia, Brunei

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 4, 2013 1:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama earlier announced he'd shorten his planned trip to Asia, instead dealing with the government shutdown; now, he's canceled the trip entirely, the White House says. Obama won't visit Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, or Brunei. "The cancellation of this trip is another consequence of the House Republicans forcing a shutdown of the government," the White House notes. In Indonesia, he had been set to meet with the countries in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; in Brunei, he was to attend a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Wall Street Journal reports. John Kerry will make the trips to Indonesia and Brunei instead.

President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to to M. Luis Construction, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Rockville, Md.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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