Donald Trump Plans to Attend World Davos Economic Forum

  • Donald Trump Plans to Attend World Davos Economic Forum

Donald Trump Plans to Attend World Davos Economic Forum

The White House says President Donald Trump will attend this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, only the second time a US president has attended the summit, and the first in 18 years.

This year, Trump will discuss his "America First" agenda in person, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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

Sanders later told reporters "the main reason he is going there" is to "talk about the America First agenda".

Among this year's speakers are Trump's chief economics adviser, Gary Cohn, former Democratic vice-president Joe Biden, former British prime minister Gordon Brown and Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

In a separate statement, Klaus Schwab, the founder of the forum, said Trump would offer a "direct perspective" on the US' priorities and that the president would be accompanied by key Cabinet ministers and U.S. lawmakers.

American administrations regularly send representatives to Davos, but presidents often decline to attend.

The first sitting USA president to appear in Davos was Bill Clinton in 2000, at the forum's 30th anniversary session.

Clinton delivered an impassioned speech in favor of open trade during his appearance. "That is not the right response".

Davos was once held up by the Trump campaign as an example of what was wrong with Hillary Clinton's Democratic party.

The forum will take place from January 23 to January 26.