Mnuchin defends Trump's planned Davos trip: It's not 'a hangout for globalists'


Trump will be the first American president to attend the Davos World Economic Forum since former President Bill Clinton.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be part of the delegation, the White House announced.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin believes a forum in Switzerland that will feature wealthy business executives, world leaders and lawmakers discussing shared solutions to economic and social problems is not a "hangout for globalists". "I think the economic team will go over and talk about the America First economic strategy".

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The group will include President Donald Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner, his senior economic adviser Gary Cohn and his national security advisor H.R. McMaster. "And I think, what we know is that the economy that's good for the U.S. Is good for the rest of the world".

It remains unclear when Trump will be at Davos, but RJG has called a demonstration on January 23 titled: "Trump: Welcome to Hell" in Zurich, a 2.5-hour drive or train ride from Davos and the closest airport.

Considering President Donald Trump's platform of economic populism and fighting for the working class, his decision to attend has raised eyebrows.

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The annual meeting of the world's political and business elite at the luxury Swiss ski resort often draws small protests against its famous participants and the global trade agenda. It is all about creating jobs and economic growth for the US ...

He railed against free trade deals that he said robbed Americans of their jobs, and pledged to always look out for "America first". "We have obviously been very clear with the Chinese on the issue that we have with the trade deficit and making sure that USA companies can compete fairly".

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