January 20, 2018 / 12:24 AM / a year ago

Trump can still make Davos trip even if government shuts down - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump could still travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week as planned even if the federal government shuts down at midnight, senior U.S. administration officials said on Friday.

“He could do that pursuant to his constitutional authority to conduct diplomacy,” an official told reporters on a conference call to explain what sort of government activities are allowed to continue in the event of a shutdown.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton and James Oliphant; Editing by Sandra Maler

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