President Trump Will Stand Firm On America First Agenda At World Economic Forum

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.

Poland’s Social Solidarity Promises Economic Reform

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told members of parliament that his cabinet was intent on addressing the economic issues faced by Poland. He stated that there were three main concerns: poverty, unemployment, lack of housing and poor health care. His administration aims to resolve these issues by focusing on developing an economy that takes care of its citizens. He said, “…a flourishing economy is a prerequisite for a generous social policy.”

He noted that capitalism has exposed issues of economic inequality in “English speaking countries” and that smaller nations like Italy and France are struggling to remain competitive. Morawiecki addressed the current economic situation in the European Union by stating that he did not believe there should be a divide between rich and poor nations.

Morawiecki’s administration is conservative and aims to integrate traditional Polish customs into a modernized economy. The former administration was represented by the Law and Justice Party. Officials noted that a shift in leadership was made in order to address economic issues. Morawiecki is a former banker. His knowledge of economics is strong and he seeks to tackle the housing crisis. He believes progress has already been made against poverty and unemployment. Under his administration, Poles can expect to see a surge in housing construction. The surge will be on affordable, relatively inexpensive housing.

Morawiecki’s efforts to create an economy centered on development and growth while still addressing social policies could result in a new interpretation of capitalism, should it be successful.