Trump to Attend Davos, White House Says

Michele Moreno
January 10, 2018

Yet a White House statement indicated Trump would not hesitate to bring his nationalist message to the assemblage of globalists. The decision comes as a surprise to many observers, as he missed last year's gathering of the world economic elite and is a known critic of globalist policies that dominate in the forum.

Chinese President Xi Jinping used the forum in 2017 for a global call to reject trade wars and protectionism in a rebuttal to Trump.

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

The lone attendee from his coterie of advisers previous year was hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci, who later served briefly as Trump's communications director.

Trump did not attend last January's conference - it conflicted with his inauguration.

President Trump, who won election as a populist and railed against free trade agreements, will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the White House announced on Tuesday.

It is rare for American presidents to attend.

The first sitting U.S. president to appear in the Swiss resort was Bill Clinton in 2000, at the forum's 30th-anniversary session. Neither George W Bush nor Barack Obama visited the conference.

The annual economic forum takes place in the resort town of Davos high in the Swiss Alps, bringing together more than 2,500 members of the global elite in what has been described as the world's most high-powered networking event.

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