White House confirmed today that President Trump will attend the
World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland later this month.
The forum which is known as the world’s best networking event and the domain of business and financial elites. “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World,” is the theme of the four-day annual gathering scheduled to begin on January 23.
Trump’s decision has surprised many since most Davos invitees represent the globalist idea which he stridently campaigned against in 2016.
“The President welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. She said the President plans “to promote his policies on strengthening American businesses, industries, and workers.”
Bill Clinton was the last U.S. President to personally attend the forum in 2000. Before him, President Ronald Reagan telecommuted into the event but did attend.
The World Economic Forum takes place each year in late January in the Swiss mountain village of Davos. The conference was founded in 1971 by the forum’s executive chairman, Klaus Schwab.
“It’s a balance, it is equitable globalization,” said Schwab during an interview today with The Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker about the effect of Trump’s anti-globalist policies.
“We should maintain the positive effects of globalization,” said Schwab, “but certainly put more emphasis on creating a national environment which takes care of those people left behind.”