President of the United States has a leading role at the World Economic Forum, along with activist Greta Thunberg
Appearing on the main stage of the World Economic Forum in Davos, US President Donald Trump began proudly talking about the success of the American economy..
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Trump is attending this gathering of global political and business leaders for the second time. Addressing a large audience, the US President said the recent trade agreements with China and Mexico are a model for the 21st century..
In his address, he touched upon some of the topics that he had already voiced when speaking at the World Economic Forum two years ago..
“I told you that we have embarked on a great American renaissance,” he said. “Today I am proud to announce that the United States is in the midst of an economic boom the world has never seen before.”.
“The time of skepticism is over,” Trump said, thanking business leaders for bringing back investments and businesses in the United States..
Trump urged other countries to follow suit and free citizens from “crushing bureaucracy”.
Following the speech, Trump will hold several bilateral meetings with world leaders before returning to Washington on Wednesday..
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The White House announced that it has scheduled meetings with Iraqi President Barham Saleh, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Kurdistan Regional Government President Nechirvan Barzani.
Invitations were sent to 3 thousand participants, who will be guarded by about 5 thousand military and police officers.
Last week, the organizers of the World Economic Forum published an annual risk analysis, in which climate change and other environmental threats are more important than geopolitical factors and cyberattacks..
Trump has doubts about climate change, but he will headline the conference alongside environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who will kick off the debate on addressing the threat of a “climate apocalypse” two hours after the President’s speech.
“I think we need to hear the voices of both sides,” said Forum founder Klaus Schwabb, commenting on Trump and Thunberg’s involvement. “Environmental issues will play an extremely important role in this meeting.”.
The invited guests, including numerous government leaders, “deserve appropriate security measures,” Regional Police Chief Walter Schlegel said at a press conference on Monday..
“The President of the United States will be accompanied by a large outfit of security officials who need to be deployed,” he added.
The arrival of Trump, and more than 100 other billionaires in Davos, “will undoubtedly spark controversy, although it will earn praise in some quarters,” says former US representative at the Asian Development Bank Curtis Chin..
“[Speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2018], Trump announced that his America First policy does not mean America is alone. The same message will be tested again when Trump returns to Davos, “Chin of the Milken Institute told Voice of America..
The institute’s vice president, James Jay Carafano, who deals with national security and foreign policy at the Heritage Foundation, hopes Trump will spend some time in Davos on the prospects for international trade..
Against the backdrop of a trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada and the signing of the first phase of a trade agreement with China, “it will be great if Trump gives new impetus to economic freedom and free trade,” Carafano told Voice of America..