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President Trump heads to Davos to promote 'America first'

President Trump heads to Davos to promote 'America first'

Trump is expected to talk once more about the glories of his "America First" domestic and foreign policy, touting the supposed roaring success of the USA economy under his watch and reaffirming the nativist tenets that underline his worldview.

Zurich, Jan 24 More than a thousand people protested in central Zurich today against the planned arrival of US President Donald Trump in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In between the ear-bashing over social media and encryption, it is believed that May will find a few words to praise technology companies for "some progress" in developing safe AI, she will also tell companies that they need to use it to battle crime and terrorism. And, not to be one to enter without fanfare, one of the largest official delegations will be accompanying Trump during his visit, where he is expected to give a highly anticipated speech on Friday.

"I think the most fascinating thing with President Trump is that he has the capacity to surprise, and I'm sure we will be surprised tomorrow", Alexander Stubb, former prime minister of Finland and the new vice president of the European Investment Bank, told AFP in Davos.

He said he was bringing a message of "peace and prosperity" to the gathering of world leaders, business executives and celebrities.

A year ago, some Davos participants predicted Trump's protectionist rhetoric would lead to sluggish economic growth and lackluster stock market gains. "I'm going to say: 'Come into the United States".

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Davos "should feel very flattered" by Trump's attendance.

Trump also seemed eager to dispel concerns about his global leadership.

Trump declared it a "really great relationship".

"There's a false rumour out there, I just wanted to correct it, frankly". If you treat us one way, we will treat you the same way.

Trump hosted May at the White House days after he took office.

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Trump framed his visit as a sign of positive things happening for the USA economy.

"We are very open to free, fair, reciprocal trade". The administration's move this week to place new tariffs on solar equipment and washing machines made outside the US was also timed to send a message that Trump is still serious about his desire to punish companies that move overseas.

The meeting this year aims to find ways to reaffirm worldwide cooperation on crucial shared interests, such as worldwide security, the environment and the global economy.

Trump, who is travelling with six cabinet ministers, is the first sitting president to attend Davos since Bill Clinton in 2000.

Answering a question from the press, President Trump confirmed he and Prime Minister May would be talking about a forthcoming state visit in due course.

New tariffs imposed this week that have angered China and South Korea, and big cuts to the USA corporate tax, are accentuating foreign concern that the United States is abandoning its role as protector of the global trade order. He says he'll pull out of that if the US can't secure better terms.

Trump's presence at Davos has been met with a mixture of befuddlement and anxiety.

"The anti-trade tendency in globalization" will "leave us all worse off", Trudeau said. A vocal critic of trade deals he sees as unfair to the United States, Trump will also stress the need for what he sees as fair competition.

President Donald Trump has arrived in the Swiss Alps to attend the World Economic Forum.

The meeting comes weeks after Trump was reported to have used a vulgar slur to describe African countries during a conversation about immigration. He also criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack previous year.


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