Trump the populist descends on globalist Davos

Trump the populist descends on globalist Davos
Trump the populist descends on globalist Davos

26 January, 2018

Last year Donald Trump told Theresa May he wouldn't visit the United Kingdom unless he is guaranteed a "warm welcome", according to reports.

That analysis hasn't swayed the Trump administration, but the president's team will still be well represented at the global economic summit, which will see more than 2,500 people take part.

She said: "I was frankly appalled when I read the report of this President's Club event".

In the same briefing Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnunchin reiterated comments he made Wednesday that the U.S is "not concerned" about the value of the dollar in the short-term.

"Obviously, a weaker dollar is good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities", Mnuchin told reporters at Davos. "We have great respect for everything you're doing, and we love your country".

But many observers and analysts see an irreconcilable conflict of economic philosophies.

"He wants to shatter the myth that he is only an "America First" president", said Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who was briefly Trump's communications director and still informally advises the president. She also said "protectionism was not the answer" and lamented the "poison" of right-wing populism, which, among other things, threatens her own hold on power as Germany struggles to form a new government.

Presidential scholar Joshua Sandman of the University of New Haven likens Trump's visit to the biblical story of Daniel in the Lion's Den.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, before Trump's imminent arrival, Tom Bossert said Turkey "ought to be mindful of the potential for escalation as they move into Syria and Afrin". "And if we live in a world where there are not artificial barriers, we will all grow and we will all help each other grow. And the president believes that".

As he signed the tariffs, Trump said he was heading to Davos to talk "about investing in the United States again". "We blame a lot on globalization and trade, where in fact job losses are known to be much more associated with technology".

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Trump will hold one-to-one talks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.

The meeting comes two weeks after Trump cancelled an official February visit to the United Kingdom, where it was expected he would open the new U.S. embassy in London.

Davos is "not exactly a sympathetic audience" for Trump, according to William Allen Reinsch of the Center for worldwide and Security Studies.

"The prime minister and myself have had a really great relationship", he added.

In addition to Mnuchin, there is Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LIghthizer, National Security Advisor General HR McMaster and senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The meeting comes weeks after Trump was reported to have used a vulgar slur to describe African countries during a conversation about immigration.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a working session with mayors at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2018. Other world leaders in attendance for the first time include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump was also encouraged to go by other world leaders and company executives, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

President Donald Trump has arrived in the Swiss Alps to attend the World Economic Forum. He'll also seek to persuade the Davos audience in a major speech on Friday that his populist, "America First" policies can co-exist with globalism. "Fourteen feet [4.25 meters] of snow".

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