Trump to attend Davos despite criticizing forum during his campaign

Casey Dawson
January 10, 2018

"The president welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the New York Times.

In his first year in office, Mr. Trump worked to reverse or rework America's relationship with trading partners, moves he argued would boost USA economic interests. 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.

The White House didn't immediately say which US officials would be traveling with Mr. Trump. He has been a regular attendee in most years since.

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

Some 3,000 business people, government officials and other movers and shakers are expected to attend the elite gathering in the Swiss resort. President George Bush, both father, and son, never came to the village in the Swiss mountains, and President Barack Obama also never appeared at the conference. Ronald Reagan spoke to the forum via satellite as president, but Bill Clinton was the first to attend the summit in person who he traveled to Switzerland in 2000.

The event is a global symbol of everything that Mr. Trump's former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, railed against during the presidential campaign and the first seven months in the administration.

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