Obama Cancels Trips to Malaysia, the Philippines Amid Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_7d8f8be3eb.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- The government shutdown has forced President Obama to cancel half of his upcoming trip to Asia. In a statement Wednesday, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the president's trip to Malaysia and the Philippines next week has been postponed.

"Logistically, it was not possible to go ahead with these trips in the face of a government shut-down. Because they are on the back end of the President's upcoming trip, our personnel was not yet in place and we were not able to go forward with planning," Hayden said.

Obama called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Tuesday night to inform him of the change of plans, the White House said in a statement, adding that Obama "committed to travel to Malaysia later in his term."

As of now, Obama's trips to Indonesia and Brunei, where he is scheduled to attend international summits, are still on.

"We will continue to evaluate those trips based on how events develop throughout the course of the week," Hayden said.

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