Kerry Warns Shutdown May Damage US Reputation

Johnkerry_asiasummit_2013HONG KONG — Secretary of State John Kerry, standing in for President Obama at an economic summit in Asia, warned on Saturday that the United States’ reputation was endangered because of the government shutdown, which sends the message that “we can’t get our own act together.”

Mr. Obama canceled his appearance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bali because of the fiscal standoff, raising new questions about the administration’s stated goal of pivoting its foreign policy toward a more Asian focus. The president also had to cancel long-planned visits to Malaysia and the Philippines, a key American ally.

Source: NY Times