Media in Malaysia reported Wednesday, citing the prime minister’s office, that President Obama has cancelled his trip next week to the nation in order to deal with the partial government shutdown.
Reports said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak received a call from Obama early Wednesday morning local time informing him of the cancellation. The news was carried by Malaysia’s Bernama news agency as well as in the News Straits Times.
No one in Washington could be immediately reached for comment, but there has been speculation that Obama would cancel a scheduled trip to Asia if the government shut down.
On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the trip was still on but also said: “We’ll see, obviously, what happens as this week unfolds.”
In addition to Malaysia, Obama was due to depart Saturday on a week-long trip to Asia that would see him make stops in Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines for economic talks.
It is not clear if other parts of his trip are still going ahead as planned.