December 8, 2013
Obama cancels visits to Indonesia, Brunei due to US government shutdown
President Barack Obama has cancelled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei, the White House said in a statement, bowing to the reality that a US government shutdown impasse requires him to remain in Washington.
The decision means Obama will no longer depart on Saturday for what had originally been a four-nation, week-long Asia trip. He had canceled visits to Malaysia and the Philippines earlier this week because of his budget struggle with Republicans in Congress.