U.S. President Barack Obama decided to cancel his trip to Indonesia and Brunei due to the crisis brought on by the partial shutdown of the federal government, the White House said.
The president had earlier eliminated two stops from the trip, while keeping to his plan of attending regional summits in Indonesia and Brunei.
Obama ultimately decided to remain in Washington "to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government," the White House said in a statement.
Secretary of State John Kerry will represent Obama in leading the U.S. delegations at Indonesia and Brunei.
"The cancellation of this trip is another consequence of the House Republicans forcing a shutdown of the government. This completely avoidable shutdown is setting back our ability to create jobs through promotion of U.S. exports and advance U.S. leadership and interests in the largest emerging region in the world," the White House said.
The Asian tour originally included stops in Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.
In Indonesia, Obama planned to take part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and preside over a meeting of countries negotiating to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
In Brunei, the White House had scheduled a bilateral meeting between Obama and Sultan Muda Hassanal Bolkiak, and planned to take part in two other regional gatherings as well. EFE