Trump First POTUS Since Clinton to Attend Davos Economic Forum

Trump First POTUS Since Clinton to Attend Davos Economic Forum

Trump First POTUS Since Clinton to Attend Davos Economic Forum

The annual meeting is scheduled to take place January 23-26, focused on the theme "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

President Trump will attend the World Economic Forum, a gathering of leaders, bankers and economists in Switzerland later this month, the White House says.

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

This year's event will put Trump in the same room as numerous worldwide elites he attacked during his 2016 campaign.

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. Since becoming president, Trump has withdrawn from multinational trade agreements with Pacific Rim allies and Europeans and threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if talks with Mexico and Canada don't yield significant changes.

It is rare for a USA president to attend the Davos gathering.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama did not attend while in office. 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.

The Global Economic Forum was founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, a business professor at the University of Geneva.

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