The theme this year is "Creating a Shared Future in Fractured World", an ambition not likely to turn up on the USA president's Twitter feed. They say it's encouraging them to invest in the U.S.
Swiss Federal President Alain Berset, right, and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, shake hands before a bilateral meeting at the 48th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters Thursday that America is "more interested" in bilateral trade deals than multilateral ones - stoking fears that Trump's vow to renegotiate global agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada may not go well.
President Donald Trump has arrived in the Swiss Alps to attend the World Economic Forum. "That is very, very important for us".
The president took off from Andrews Air Force base outside of Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening local time, unaccompanied by First Lady Melania Trump. "If America grows, the rest of the world grows", a White House source said.
Top Trump officials this week insisted that "America First" did not mean "America alone".
The meeting comes weeks after Trump was reported to have used a vulgar slur to describe African countries during a conversation about immigration. The president earlier canceled a planned trip to Britain for the opening of the new USA embassy in London, where he would be likely to face fierce protests.
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley suggested to NHK on Monday that Trump will champion fair trade to make America great again.
Trump concluded 2017 with the passage of a major tax overhaul, a key policy achievement. A brief government shutdown threatened to derail the Davos trip altogether.
On trade, he did sign an executive order to withdraw from the TPP but has opted to renegotiate the NAFTA agreement. It's hard to argue against that, that we should treat each other equally.
"We do have a special relationship", McMaster said, adding that the meeting would touch on critical global issues, such as "the conflict in Syria, Iran's destabilizing behavior, ways to address shortcomings in that Iran nuclear deal, and our shared goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula". She also said "protectionism was not the answer" and lamented the "poison" of right-wing populism, which, among other things, threatens her own hold on power as Germany struggles to form a new government.
The WEF is slated to take place on January 23-26, focusing on creating a shared future in a fractured world, the theme of the gathering.
Stephen Moore, a fellow at the conservative-oriented Heritage Foundation who advised the Trump campaign, said he initially had reservations about Trump going, saying, "those are people who have been completely wrong on the economy for 20 years".
"When asked if the PM should instead be making a case for advertising trade and a post-Brexit Britain, Hancock said: "[Technology] is the big subject - I think it's bigger then Brexit in the way it's going to change our lives over the course of the next generation.