Pence still to head to Mideast despite govt shutdown threat

Pence still to head to Mideast despite govt shutdown threatUS Vice President Mike Pence will still head to the Middle East late Friday for a high-stakes trip, despite the threat of a federal government shutdown looming over Washington, his spokeswoman said. “The vice president’s meetings with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel are integral to America’s national security and diplomatic objectives,” his press secretary Alyssa Farah told AFP. A US official said the decision would not be changed no matter what happens Friday on Capitol Hill, where Republicans and Democrats must reach a deal before midnight to avoid a partial shutdown of federal government services.



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