The stalemate over U.S. budget talks has foiled Barack Obama's plans to travel to Asia this weekend.
The White House confirmed late Thursday that the U.S. president will no longer be visiting Indonesia and Brunei as planned amid a government shutdown that dragged into a third day.
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Obama was originally scheduled for a four-nation, week-long trip to Asia, to advance his foreign policy goals and to meet with the leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) nations in the Indonesian island Bali to negotiate a major trade deal.
Earlier this week, he canceled plans to visit the Philippines and Malaysia, fueling speculation that he may rule out the trip to Asia altogether.
The U.S. Congress has been unable to agree on the terms for the federal budget, plunging the government into a partial shutdown when the deadline for a deal expired at midnight on October 1.
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