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US President Donald Trump To Attend World Economic Forum In Davos

US President Donald Trump To Attend World Economic Forum In Davos

The White House confirmed that Mr Trump will attend the summit of political and business elites in the Alps town whose name has become synonymous with the annual gathering of the rich and powerful.

"The president welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders", said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Trump's election victory dominated conversation at the World Economic Forum previous year, though the administration didn't send any official representatives.

US President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi could meet - or walk into each other - in Davos, Switzerland later this month. Onetime Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci also appeared in a panel at Davos past year.

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Trump would be the first USA leader since President Bill Clinton to attend the Davos meeting.

This year's meeting will take place on 23-26 January under the theme "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

Ms Sanders rejected the notion that Mr Trump's attendance symbolised he was backing away from his message of economic nationalism. Modi and Trump met twice previous year - in Washington DC and in Manila at the Asean meet. He is threatening to end the Nafta free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, issue trade sanctions against China and scrap the Iran nuclear deal. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama never made the trip, but sent top aides on their behalf.

The first sitting U.S. president to appear in the Swiss resort was Bill Clinton in 2000, at the forum's 30th-anniversary session.


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