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Steven Mnuchin will lead pared-down U.S. delegation to economic meeting in Davos, Switzerland

January 15, 2019

President Trump is sending a scaled-down delegation to the swanky annual economic conference in Davos, Switzerland, next week due to the partial government shutdown.

The White House said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin will lead the delegation, which also includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and deputy White House Chief of Staff Chris Liddell.

The World Economic Forum at the high-end Alpine resort of Davos runs from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25. The president decided last week not to attend the conference due to the government shutdown, now in its 25th day.

The administration had planned to send roughly a dozen officials to the conference. Officials who are no longer flying to Davos include Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and presidential advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

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