Trump will attend elite World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Trump will attend elite World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Kerry Wise
January 10, 2018

US President Donald Trump will attend the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos later this month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Tuesday.

She added that Trump "looks forward to promoting his policies to strengthen American businesses, American industries, and American workers". Yet a White House statement indicated Trump would not hesitate to bring his nationalist message to the assemblage of globalists. Onetime Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci also appeared in a panel at Davos previous year.

Last year's conference came the same week of Trump's inauguration and delegates at the time predicted Trump would prove a more pragmatic leader than he suggested on the campaign trail or on Twitter.

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Mr. Trump won the 2016 election in part by attacking elites in the United States and promising to "drain the swamp" in Washington of lobbyists, corporate influence and members of the establishment - the very description of those who regularly attend the Davos forum.

The forum will take place from January 23 to January 26. He is threatening to end the Nafta free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, issue trade sanctions against China and scrap the Iran nuclear deal. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama never made the trip, but sent top aides on their behalf. 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.

Founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, a German economics professor, the forum has become an annual conference that includes parties, dinners and panel discussions, largely about world social and economic trends.