Trump to attend Davos economic forum: White House


The U.S. typically sends a high-ranking delegation to the meeting of government and business leaders.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will go with Trump, the people said.

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL' mah-KROHN') along the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will also attend. We are thrilled that the president is coming.

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Moments before the White House announcement, one of those who will be going - Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin - seemed to anticipate it, telling reporters, "I can assure you that the members of his Cabinet have no interest in going over there and rubbing elbows with anybody". The theme for this year's Davos conference of business and government leaders couldn't be more at odds with his nationalist, "America First" world view.

Later in a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the official delegation would also include Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Adviser HR McMaster, and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn.

Mnuchin said that Trump would talk about "reciprocal, free, and fair trade" at the summit. The president will "talk a lot about his economic program and the impact on the global economy", the secretary said.