Trump to attend WEF gathering in Davos

Saul Bowman
January 10, 2018

Last year, President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese leader to attend the meet, whose stated mission is "improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas". Modi and Trump met twice a year ago - in Washington DC and in Manila at the Asean meet.

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

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.

Trump would be the first sitting USA president to attend the meeting of bankers, corporate chiefs, academics and investors since Bill Clinton in January 2000.

Davos is scheduled to be held January 23-26.

Xi Jinping was the first Chinese leader to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos delivering his speech on the opening day of the event in January 2017

The White House's announcement on Tuesday that Trump would attend this year came as a surprise.

President Donald Trump is set to bring his "America First" agenda to a bastion of globalisation when he attends the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos later this month.

The theme for this year's conference is "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World". 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.

On the American side, President Clinton was the last to attend the Forum in 2000.

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