Donald Trump likely to meet Macron in Davos: White House

Donald Trump likely to meet Macron in Davos: White House

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will also attend.

The president told the Wall Street Journal that he wants to be a "cheerleader" for the American economic success story in the first year of his administration.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are also attending the World Economic Forum the week of January 22 but as part of a separate US delegation, one of the people said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday praised President Donald Trump's decision to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, disputing criticism that the event is a "hangout for globalists".

He continued, "We are thrilled that the president is coming".


"I don't think it's a hangout for globalists", Mnuchin said, using a term popularized by the nationalist wing of the Republican Party.

The WEF made the statement late Tuesday after the White House confirmed that Trump would attend the gathering of some 350 governmental leaders, plus hundreds of business executives and civil society leaders that takes place January 23-26. "What we know is that the economy that's good for the U.S.is good for the rest of the world", the Treasury secretary added.

This year, Trump will discuss his "America First" agenda in person, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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

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