January has been a busy month both in the United States and around the world. The World Economic Forum, held in Switzerland, garnered a lot of attention as President Trump arrived with the plan to push his America First agenda that was prominently discussed during his run for president in 2016. Videos of news coverage as well as some prominent speeches from President Trump can be viewed at Huffington Post.
The World Economic Forum was held in Davos and lasted two days featuring many speeches from political leaders from around the world. As a businessman, President Trump was never invited to the meeting, and as President of the United States, he will be the first to attend the gathering since Bill Clinton last attended in 2000. President Trump will have a prime opportunity to mix and mingle with the elite globalists that he spent much time bashing during his 2016 election campaign. White House aides made it clear that President Trump intended to push the same agenda that he had campaigned on during election time, and the same messages he had pushed with multiple trips abroad over his first year as president. President Trump himself took to Twitter to let the country know where he stands by proclaiming “Our economy is now booming an with all I am doing, will only get better…Our country is finally WINNING again!”
Prior to heading overseas, President Trump took the time to place a 30% tariff on solar panels that are imported, which is expected to only be the first of many trade restrictions from his administration. It is expected that in 2018 President Trump takes strong steps in the area of steel and might do away with NAFTA agreements with Mexico and Canada. It is also expected that while at the meeting he will push for more global investment in the United States which could benefit other countries with the corporate tax cuts that were added in 2017.
The meeting is also expected to cover topics like the strong influence Iran has garnered in the Middle East, battles with militants from the Islamic State and the nuclear challenge that has been ongoing with most of the world and North Korea. While in Davos, President Trump will also have a few diplomatic meetings with Theresa May, Paul Kagame, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Alain Berset.