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By AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
By CALIFORNIAN NEWS SERVICES
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama late Thursday canceled a trip to Asia to remain in the capital amid the dual concerns of a government shutdown and a Treasury Dept. warning of calamitous results if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.
Obama abandoned the already abbreviated trip to Indonesia and Brunei next week in the face of the shutdown. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Secretary of State John Kerry would travel instead.
The president was scheduled to leave Saturday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Indonesia and the East Asia Summit in Brunei.
"The cancellation of this trip is another consequence of the House Republicans forcing a shutdown of the government," Carney said. "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."