President Obama Thursday cancelled the rest of his trip to Asia, which had been scheduled for next week, deciding against traveling to Indonesia and Brunei as the government shutdown continues.
According to a White House statement, Obama will remain in Washington and bash Republicans instead.
The President made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government. Secretary Kerry will lead delegations to both countries in place of the President.
Obama has previously nixed the Malaysia and Philippines portion of his trip.