Trump to Attend Davos World
January 10, 2018
The White House says President Donald Trump will attend this
year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, only the
second time a U.S. president has attended the summit, and the
first in 18 years.
Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters
Tuesday, "The president welcomes opportunities to advance his
America First agenda with world leaders. At this year's World
Economic Forum, the president looks forward to promoting his
policies to strengthen American businesses, American industries
and American workers."
U.S. presidents tend to avoid the elite gathering rather than be
seen as too close to the ultra-rich clientele the gathering
attracts. President Bill Clinton was the first and last U.S.
president to attend in person, in 2000. President Ronald Reagan
addressed the forum via satellite.
United States generally sends a high-profile delegation to the
annual event. In the past, vice presidents Dick Cheney and Joe
Biden have attended. Former vice president Al Gore, musician
Bono, Brazilian writer Paulo Coehlo, and former British Prime
Minister Tony Blair are regular attendees. Heads of state or
government from Europe and Africa are often in attendance, as
The World Economic Forum is a Swiss nonprofit organization that
says its mission is "improving the state of the world by
engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of
society to shape global, regional and industry agendas."
January's annual meeting in Davos is the most famous of the
forum's gatherings, drawing some 2,500 people per year. But it
also holds a number of regional meetings throughout the year to
discuss economic issues and other problems faced by the world.
This year the forum will be held January 23-26.