US President Donald Trump To Attend World Economic Forum In Davos

Frederick Owens
January 10, 2018

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump would be promoting his policies for strengthening American businesses, industries and workers.

President Trump is planning the first foreign trip of his second year in office: A visit to the high-profile economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.

US President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi could meet - or walk into each other - in Davos, Switzerland later this month.

Free trade is especially popular among Davos attendees.

Chinese President Xi Jinping used the forum in 2017 for a global call to reject trade wars and protectionism in a rebuttal to Trump. Onetime Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci also appeared in a panel at Davos a year ago.

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This year's meeting will take place on 23-26 January under the theme "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

Despite Trump's absence a year ago, the annual gathering of world leaders and chief executives held in the Swiss Alps focused on what impact the newly elected Republican president would have on the global economy.

Last year's WEF was dominated by reaction to Mr Trump's surprise election victory and his campaign.

In a separate statement, Klaus Schwab, the founder of the forum, said Trump would offer a "direct perspective" on the U.S.'s priorities and that the president would be accompanied by key Cabinet ministers and US lawmakers. Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama never attended the meeting.

The first sitting USA president to appear in the Swiss resort was Bill Clinton in 2000, at the forum's 30th-anniversary session.

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