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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Thursday he will no longer attend the annual investment conference in Saudi Arabia. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters

U.S. officials delay departure to Davos meeting amid shutdown

WASHINGTON — The White House says a delegation of Cabinet members is delaying their departure for this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland amid the federal government shutdown.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that they will determine what to do “as the day goes on and as we see how the next couple of hours go.”

Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin is leading the delegation of Cabinet members and top aides and was scheduled to leave Monday. President Donald Trump was planning to leave later in the week.

Asked if Trump would attend if the government is still shutdown, Sanders said: “I don’t know that that’s very likely. I wouldn’t imagine it is.

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