Trump to Take `America First' Message to Global Elite in Davos

Donald Trump Plans to Attend World Davos Economic Forum

"The president welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the New York Times.

US President Donald Trump reportedly plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, an annual January get-together of the global business elite.

Also in U.S. politics, 85-year-old pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio announced he will run for Jeff Flake's senate seat.

Trump would be the first sitting USA president to attend the meeting of bankers, corporate chiefs, academics and investors since Bill Clinton in January 2000. The spotlight was moved to the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who delivered an impactful opening speech, praising the good sides of globalization despite its' shortcomings.

Sitting presidents have rarely attended the event, held at a ski resort in the Swiss mountains, fearing its reputation for elitism may not play well politically at home.

This year's event will put Trump in the same room as numerous worldwide elites he attacked during his 2016 campaign. He is threatening to end the Nafta free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, issue trade sanctions against China and scrap the Iran nuclear deal.

Bill Clinton attended Davos in 2000, the only president to do so, and he has been a regular attendee since. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama never made the trip, but sent top aides on their behalf.

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