Trump to attend Davos economic forum: White House

Violet Powell
January 10, 2018

President Trump plans to hobnob with some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful figures at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, The White House said Tuesday.

Trump would be the first USA leader since President Bill Clinton to attend the Davos meeting.

Sanders said the president welcomed the opportunity to promote his "America First" agenda with world leaders.

Free trade is especially popular among Davos attendees.

In 2017, Chinese president Xi Jinping defended the idea of globalism in his keynote speech after Trump was elected president of the United States on a national-economic platform.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump will use the forum to make the case for his policies to the global leaders.

The annual meeting is scheduled to take place January 23-26, focused on the theme "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

American administrations regularly send representatives to Davos, but presidents often decline to attend.

Last year's WEF was dominated by reaction to Mr Trump's surprise election victory and his campaign. Ronald Reagan spoke to the forum via satellite as president, but Bill Clinton was the first to attend the summit in person who he traveled to Switzerland in 2000. Neither George W Bush nor Barack Obama visited the conference.

In an interview on Monday prior to the announcement, Harvard University professor Ken Rogoff identified Trump as a risk to the economic expansion.

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