World Trump to attend Davos economic forum

04:32  10 january  2018
04:32  10 january  2018 Source:   afp.com

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President Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland, later this month, the White House announced Tuesday. “The president welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world.

Donald Trump will become the first US president since Bill Clinton in 2000 to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month. How will his "America First" message play to an audience of global elites?

Donald Trump will be the first US president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos in nearly 20 years© Provided by AFP Donald Trump will be the first US president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos in nearly 20 years

Donald Trump will take his populist message directly to the world's business and financial elite later this month, becoming the first US president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos in 20 years.

Trump -- who ran for president on a nationalist "America First" platform -- will mingle at the annual Alpine festival of globalism in Switzerland, and perhaps offer a few views of his own, the White House said.

"The president welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to attend the World Economic Forum at Davos , Switzerland, in the coming weeks, an administration official said on Tuesday.

The White House says President Donald Trump will attend this year's World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland, only the second time a U.S. president has attended the summit, and the first in 18 years.

"At this year's World Economic Forum, the president looks forward to promoting his policies to strengthen American businesses, American industries and American workers."

A string of US presidents have avoided attending the annual upscale event, fearing a trip to a European ski resort would make them look out of touch.

The last president to go was Bill Clinton, who attended in 2000.

The gathering might seem antithetical to Trump's brand of politics, but the White House insists his message will be the same surrounded by chalets as it would be in Washington.

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US President Donald Trump will take his populist message directly to the world’s business and financial elite later this month, becoming the first US president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos in 20 years.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump urged Americans to “declare independence from the elites who’ve led us to one financial and foreign policy disaster after another.”. Later this month, he’ll join those very elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland.

Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-president, has rarely shied away from the rich and famous, but may have additional geopolitical incentive to attend.

Last year, the forum was dominated by the appearance of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Xi Jinping was the first Chinese leader to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, delivering his speech on the opening day of the event in January 2017© Provided by AFP Xi Jinping was the first Chinese leader to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, delivering his speech on the opening day of the event in January 2017 Xi became the first Chinese leader to go, picking up the mantle of defender of free trade and globalization in the face of Trump's protectionist rhetoric.

"No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war," Xi warned, fueling a sense of rapidly growing China stepping into a space vacated by the United States.

During a decades-long spending spree, China has bankrolled infrastructure projects from Sri Lanka to Zambia, often earning political influence in the process.

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President Trump will address the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland, this month, the White House said Tuesday, a startling decision that will bring the unorthodox U.S. leader face to face with Sanders said Xi's attendance last year was not a factor in Trump 's decision to attend now.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland later this month, his chief spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Firms were also quick to point out the gap between Xi's rhetoric and the realities of doing business in China, which is a frequently tortuous affair.

But it is unclear how Trump's pitch for "America First" trade will play among the disciples of a global rules-based order.

Since coming to office in January 2017, Trump has ripped up or sought to renegotiate a series of trade pacts that underpin global commerce.

Former US vice president Joe Biden spoke at last year's forum in Davos© Provided by AFP Former US vice president Joe Biden spoke at last year's forum in Davos A series of investigations into Chinese trade practices have put his administration on a collision course with Beijing.

This year's trip to Davos takes place between January 23-26.

It is not yet clear when precisely Trump will attend.

The theme of the event is "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World."

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