The president was scheduled to leave Saturday for Indonesia and Brunei for a series of summits with other world leaders, diplomacy he has prioritized as part of his attempt to "pivot" economic and military resources to the western Pacific region.
Obama already had decided to shorten what was originally planned as a four-country trip. The White House this week canceled his visits to Malaysia and the Philippines as he focused attention on the bruising budget battle with House Republicans that has brought much of the federal government to a halt since Tuesday.
White House spokesman
"The cancellation of this trip is another consequence of the House Republicans forcing a shutdown of the government," Carney said in a statement. "This completely avoidable shutdown is setting back our ability to create jobs through promotion of U.S. exports and advance U.S. leadership and interests in the largest emerging region in the world."
Carney said Secretary of State
Obama telephoned Indonesia President
Indonesia is hosting the annual
Brunei is hosting the East Asia Summit, which focuses more on regional security concerns. The U.S. keeps a close eye on territorial disputes with China's growing military in the South China Sea.
Despite his promises to focus more U.S. resources on Asia, Obama has struggled to keep his attention on the region.
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