Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump to attend Davos economic forum: White House

Trump to attend Davos economic forum: White House

President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month, the White House said Tuesday, taking his economic nationalist positions on business and trade to an audience of top global leaders.

This year, Trump will discuss his "America First" agenda in person, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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

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Now Trump is set to become the first sitting president since Bill Clinton to attend the conference, which takes place at the end of January.

Some 3,000 business people, government officials and other movers and shakers are expected to attend the elite gathering in the Swiss resort. He has also reopened talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. The spotlight was moved to the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who delivered an impactful opening speech, praising the good sides of globalization despite its' shortcomings.

Last year's conference came the same week of Trump's inauguration and delegates at the time predicted Trump would prove a more pragmatic leader than he suggested on the campaign trail or on Twitter. Ronald Reagan appeared several times, via video link. The last United States president to go in person was Bill Clinton. Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama never attended the meeting.

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