US President Barack Obama has cancelled his official trip to Malaysia next week after the US. government went into a shutdown, Reuters reports, citing Malaysian media.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will represent Obama instead, government-linked newspapers in Malaysia said.
The US government has partially shut down for the first time in 17 years after the Democrats and Republicans failed to agree a new budget.
The US shutdown is but a precursor to a much bigger problem - in a couple of weeks the government, shutdown or not, will run out of cash.
Landmarks across the US have closed as the Congress failed to reach a deal over the budget.