Obama Cancels Asia Trip with No End to Shutdown in Sight

The president will stay in Washington to focus on finding an end to the government shutdown.
1:38 | 10/04/13

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We're going to turn to the government shutdown. Four days in. And with no sign of a deal this weekend, president obama canceled his planned trip to asia next week. Jon karl at the white house. And this is a blow to american diplomacy. But the president really had no choice. Reporter: He didn't, george. These were two, significant summits in brunei and indonesia. The white house says he could legally have gone. But he needs to be here to push for reopening the government and dealing with the pending possible default of the government. The white house put out a statement, blaming it on republicans. Saying the consolation of this trip is another consequence of 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 in the region. George, really, a pretty big deal here. These were two significant summits. The white house did not want to cancel this trip. We're seeing some movement by house speaker, john boehner, to avoid that debt limit showdown in a couple of weeks, defaulting the united states. Reporter: Boe is telling colleagues privately, he will not allow a default of the u.S. Government. That ultimately, he will do whatever he can to ensure that the debt ceiling is increased. But that does not mean you're out of the woods here because he has also said he will need to have something in the way of deficit reduction to be able to get at least enough republicans to vote for it to get it to pass. As you know, the white house is saying they won't give anything in exchange for the debt ceiling. Boehner is saying for the first time, that he might allow a bill on the floor that would attract democratic support. That's right. That's a necessity. He needs democrats to pass such a bill. A lot more sunday on "this week."

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