Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is likely to lead the Trump administration’s delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos even if the government remains closed when the conference starts later this month, according to senior administration officials.
However, Mnuchin will likely lead a smaller-than-expected group of administration officials to Switzerland if a large chunk of the government remains closed, the officials said, declining to be identified. The forum is scheduled for Jan. 22 to 25.
President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday he plans to go to Davos but would stay home if the shutdown continues. The loose contingency plans emerged as Trump and congressional Republicans battle Democrats over funding for the president’s proposed southern border wall. Trump has refused to sign bills to fund about a quarter of the federal government that do not include money to pay for the barrier.
“The shutdown determines everything” about who will go to Davos, a senior administration official told CNBC. The official declined to give more details.