With the prospects growing of a government shutdown on Tuesday, the White House said Thursday that President Obama has no intention of postponing a week-long trip to Asia that begins Oct. 6.
“Our schedule remains as planned,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.
He said one of the president’s jobs is to ensure that promising economic markets “are exploited” for the benefit of Americans.
“That’s one of his responsibilities. He’s going to fulfill it,” Mr. Carney said.
The president will visit Indonesia, where he grew up as a boy, and the Philippines as part of a trip that will include attendance at an economic summit. The flying time alone on Air Force One will cost millions of dollars, at a time when the government could be temporarily out of money.
Mr. Carney said lawmakers should attend to the nation’s business and ensure that the government remains open by passing a short-term budget that continues to fund the new Affordable Care Act.
“Congress should do its job,” he said.
Mr. Obama is already the second-most traveled president in history. He went on a week-long trip to Africa earlier this year, in addition to separate trips to Russia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.