Obama cancels APEC trip: White House official

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has canceled his upcoming trip to the APEC summit in Bali due to the US government shutdown, the White House confirmed Thursday.

A White House statement said Obama had scrapped travel to Bali and a subsequent trip to nearby Brunei for the East Asia Summit.

“Due to the government shut-down, President Obama’s travel to Indonesia and Brunei has been cancelled,” the statement said.