With a booming economy, a soaring stock market, and record-low unemployment in his pocket, President Donald Trump will attend the elitist World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January, CNBC reported.
Trump did not attend the annual gathering in Davos in 2019 due to an ongoing government shutdown. The White House has not officially confirmed his planned attendance at the upcoming forum, either, though Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Trump will be at the summit, which runs from Jan. 21–24, 2020, according to CNBC.
Trump and the titans
There doesn’t appear to be a federal funding stalemate on the horizon this time around, but Trump’s trip to a luxury ski resort in Davos for the 50th annual World Economic Forum could coincide with his impeachment trial in the Senate, putting him at odds with other political leaders who will be among the 3,000 attendees of the summit.
Others attending include bankers and business heads who CNBC described as “titans of industry.”
According to CNBC, “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World” will be the theme of the late January meeting, with discussions planned on setting achievable goals on the economy and the environment. Given Trump’s known skepticism toward man-made climate change — as well as his choice to roll back economically-destructive environmental regulations and withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord — the conversations at Davos could prove rather interesting, the outlet notes.
There will also be plenty of talk about global economics, including trade deals and tariffs, at the summit — an area of particular expertise for Trump. As CNBC noted, the president recently sealed the deal with Democrats on a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and trade talks with China have made progress in recent weeks.
Champagne with billionaires
But while he overtly nationalist and populist Trump will be rubbing elbows with the elitists at Davos, according to the Washington Examiner, the president’s British counterpart, newly elected U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will not be attendance at the high-profile gathering.
According to a spokesperson for Johnson, the prime minister has stated his intent to “get on with delivering the priorities of the British people” — namely, delivering a finalized plan on Brexit, the country’s exit from the European Union.
“Our focus is on delivering for the people, not champagne with billionaires,” he said.
Trump’s trip to Davos won’t be his first; he attended the summit in 2018 amid heightened criticism over how his “America First” economic vision may clash with others in attendance.
However, save for some ruffled feathers, everything ended up going smoothly. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be reports ahead of the forum that Trump will be there to wreck the party and rub America’s roaring success in the faces of the globalists — which he very well might do, in as polite a manner as he can manage.
Due to the president’s re-election campaign, which will consume much of the calendar year, his trip to Davos is one of few foreign trips Trump has scheduled for 2020, according to Reuters. Hopefully, he will make the best of it and return home with even more economic wins to tout on the campaign trail.