"For the 800,000 American workers who do not receive salary and to ensure that their team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled the delegation's trip to the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland," Sanders said in a statement.
President Donald Trump has previously canceled his own trip to Davos. The trip without Trump would have been led by Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Deputy Head of Policy Coordination, Chris Liddell, were also scheduled to travel to Switzerland for annual economic confrontations.
The annual conference brings together powerful executives, finance ministers and other members of the global elite.
The announcement came hours after the president banned House President Nancy Pelosi from using a military aircraft for a trip to Afghanistan with a Congress delegation, raising criticism of the travel of the administration, planned for January 22-25.
An overseas trip for cabinet officials can be difficult to organize in the midst of a government shutdown. Some advanced team members are cluttered, making planning and logistics difficult.