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In and out: Trump selective about travel during shutdown

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16.01.2019

Vacation jaunts and hobnobbing with global elites at a Swiss ski resort are out for President Donald Trump. Visits with troops and farmers are OK.

Like some of his recent predecessors, Trump is carefully picking and choosing where he'll travel during the partial government shutdown.

He visited with U.S. troops stationed at a military base in western Iraq the day after Christmas and flew to the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Texas last week to try to buttress his argument for billions of dollars to build a wall to stem illegal immigration, drug trafficking and crime. On Monday, Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau's annual convention in New Orleans.

But Trump scrapped other trips that wouldn't have played well at a time when government workers are furloughed or working without pay.

He canceled plans to spend more than two weeks at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. He also bagged a trip to a global economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, that had been set for next week, blaming "intransigence" by Democrats for his decision.

"It looks like the president is going ahead with trips that are more closely tied to official business and is avoiding trips that........

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