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very much joined at the hip as he sat down with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
on the same wavelength in I think every respect, said Trump, trying to dispel the perception that his relationship with May is strained. helicopter for the flight to Davos, where the World Economic Forum is being held. The approximately 40 minute trip took Trump over a snowy countryside dotted with houses, frosted mountains and a glistening lake. As Trump got off the helicopter in Davos, he gestured to aides who held him by the arms as he walked across the snowy landing zone to his waiting car.
very happy to be here, Trump said as he arrived. United States is doing very well, and will continue to do well and this will be a very exciting two days. said he was bringing a message of and prosperity to the gathering of world leaders, business executives and celebrities.
While the president is expected to declare that the United States is open for business, the protectionist leaning president attendance at the annual gathering for free trade loving political and business elites has raised eyebrows. His decision to sign new tariffs boosting American manufacturers this week has prompted fresh concerns about his nationalist tendencies.
going to Davos right now to get people to invest in the United States, Trump said Wednesday before the overnight flight to Europe. going to say: into the United States. You have plenty of money. But I don think I have to go, because they coming, they coming at a very fast clip. also seemed eager to dispel concerns about his global leadership.
During his meeting with May, Trump said the two leaders have a great relationship, although some people don necessarily believe that. He said it was a rumor that the relationship was strained and that he wanted to it. We have the same ideas, the same ideals, and there nothing that would happen to you that we won be there to fight for you, he told May. know that. hosted May at the White House days after he took office. embassy. And last year, Trump and May traded criticism over his retweets of a far right group anti Muslim videos. after it leaves the EU in 2019. is ready to negotiate an trade deal with Britain once the country has left the European Union.
Trump First agenda and aversion to multilateral trade agreements would seem at odds with a global summit that stresses free trade and international cooperation. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin got to Davos ahead of Trump and insisted Wednesday that the United States supports free trade. delegation ever to attend the exclusive gathering. just means that President Trump is looking out for American workers and American interests,
no different than he expects other leaders would look out for their own. tariffs on imported solar energy components and large washing machines are meant to deal with behavior by other countries and are not protectionist. products.
As he signed the tariffs, Trump said he was heading to Davos to talk investing in the United States again. president is set to address the forum Friday. economy and measures like his recent tax overhaul, claiming that a thriving America benefits the world. A vocal critic of trade deals he sees as unfair to the United States, Trump will also stress the need for what he sees as fair competition.
During his two day stop, the president will attend a reception in his honor, host European executives for dinner and meet with world leaders. Trump will be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Swiss President Alain Berset and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
The meeting with Kagame comes not long after participants in a White House meeting said Trump had referred to African nations as Trump also was criticized in Britain for retweeting videos from a far right British group. He also criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack last year. embassy there, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents. The president said he skipped the trip because he was unhappy with the new embassy cost and location.
Trump concluded 2017 with the passage of a major tax overhaul, a key policy achievement. But the first few weeks of 2018 have been defined by political battles over government spending, Trump incendiary Twitter feed and explosive revelations in a new book that portrays Trump as an unstable leader. A brief government shutdown threatened to derail the Davos trip altogether.
The president has criticized global pacts, withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership on trade, demanding changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and announcing his intent to exit the Paris climate accord.
This year forum theme is a Shared Future in a Fractured World. Panel topics include Global Impact of America First, Society Divided, Politics? and Weaponization of Culture. Moore, a fellow at the conservative oriented Heritage Foundation who advised the Trump campaign, said he initially had reservations about Trump going, saying, are people who have been completely wrong on the economy for 20 years. he added, more I thought about it, I thought maybe there is some benefit to going because he can lecture these people.