Pence leaves for Middle East as government shutdown looms

Vice President Mike Pence went ahead with his delayed trip to the Middle East on Friday, despite the looming government shutdown.

"The vice president's meetings with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Israel are integral to America's national security and diplomatic objectives, therefore the vice president will travel to the Middle East as scheduled," said Alyssa Farah, Pence's press secretary. In the hours leading up to his international departure, Pence had been having conversations with members of Congress to avoid a shutdown, one source tells CNN.Pence, a former congressman who has helped lead Capitol Hill outreach fo...