By Daniela Vincenti reporting from Davos and Jorge Valero reporting from Davos
Between 23 and 26 January, the Swiss mountain village of Davos will host the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The programme, initiatives and projects of this year’s meeting are focused on the theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. EURACTIV’s editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti and business editor Jorge Valero will be reporting from Davos throughout the whole week.
‘America First’ is a hard sell in Davos, the Washington Post reports
According to the leading US daily, there is no bigger story at the World Economic Forum than the first appearance of an American leader since 2000. Trump is expected to talk once more about the glories of his “America First” domestic and foreign policy, touting the supposed roaring success of the U.S. economy under his watch and reaffirming the nativist tenets that underline his worldview. He is also expected to extend a hand to a probably wary audience, pitching America as open for business and investment.
Even though Trump is expected to speak at the end of the WEF on Friday afternoon, members of his administration were already preparing the ground. At a panel, Energy Secretary Rick Perry furrowed brows when he equated the export of oil to the export of “freedom.” In the afternoon, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) of the hard-right Freedom Caucus waited patiently in line for a session where he was not guaranteed access. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, appeared somewhat lost amid the larger entourages of world leaders and high-flying business executives, the Post reported.