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US President Donald Trump to attend Davos economic forum

US President Donald Trump to attend Davos economic forum

USA president Donald Trump will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, opening up a distinct possibility of a meeting with India prime minister Narendra Modi.

This year, Trump will discuss his "America First" agenda in person, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. The decision comes as a surprise to many observers, as he missed last year's gathering of the world economic elite and is a known critic of globalist policies that dominate in the forum.

Trump - who ran for president on a nationalist "America First" platform - will mingle at the annual Alpine festival of globalism in Switzerland, and perhaps offer a few views of his own.

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

In his first year in office, Mr. Trump worked to reverse or rework America's relationship with trading partners, moves he argued would boost USA economic interests.

President Donald Trump is heading to Davos for the world's most elite economic conference later this month
President Donald Trump is heading to Davos for the world's most elite economic conference later this month

It is unusual for a United States president to attend the Swiss retreat.

Trump goes to Davos after backing out of a Pacific Rim trade agreement and repudiating the Paris Climate accord.

Chinese President Xi Jinping participated in the conference previous year. He has also reopened talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Trump would be the first sitting US president to attend the meeting of global economic and financial leaders since Bill Clinton in January 2000. There's a randomness element that's hard to quantify.

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