Trump to Attend Davos, White House Says

Trump to Attend Davos, White House Says

Trump to Attend Davos, White House Says

In 2017, Chinese president Xi Jinping defended the idea of globalism in his keynote speech after Trump was elected president of the United States on a national-economic platform.

President Trump is planning the first foreign trip of his second year in office: A visit to the high-profile economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The gathering at an Alpine ski resort is a redoubt of globalist, free-trade thinking starkly at odds with Trump's worldview.

The president's spokeswoman said he would promote policies to strengthen "American businesses, American industries, and American workers".

The lone attendee from his coterie of advisers past year was hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci, who later served briefly as Trump's communications director.

Despite Trump's absence previous year, the annual gathering of world leaders and chief executives held in the Swiss Alps focused on what impact the newly elected Republican president would have on the global economy.

Trump did not attend last January's conference - it conflicted with his inauguration.

Ms Sanders rejected the notion that Mr Trump's attendance symbolised he was backing away from his message of economic nationalism.

"Naming any list of global risks without naming President Trump would mean the list wasn't complete. There's policy uncertainty", said Rogoff, who is scheduled to be a panelist at Davos this year.

The conference is still dominated by corporate executives, but the gathering also now attracts world leaders, some of whom use the venue as a way to hold less formal bilateral conversations.

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