Trump to attend Davos economic forum: White House

Lucy Hill
January 10, 2018

President Donald Trump, the populist self-proclaimed champion of trade protection and the forgotten people, plans to go to the annual meeting of world financial and economic elite in Davos, Switzerland, later this month.

This would be for the first time in 18 years that a U.S. president would be addressing the World Economic Forum, which is an annual gathering of global economic leaders.

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

She said Trump wants to promote his policies for strengthening American businesses, industries and workers.

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Sanders later told reporters "the main reason he is going there" is to "talk about the America First agenda". 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.

It is unusual for a United States president to attend the Swiss retreat.

President George Bush - father and son - never came to the village in the Swiss mountains, and President Barack Obama also never appeared at the conference.

Trump's election victory dominated conversation at the World Economic Forum past year, though the administration didn't send any official representatives. "That is not the right response". Former vice president Al Gore, musician Bono, Brazilian writer Paulo Coehlo, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair are regular attendees.

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