President Trump in Davos

Trump said in an interview with CNBC that he would consider re-entering the TPP if it was a "better deal" for the U.S.

Indeed, other government leaders attending Davos have lined up to poke holes in the Trump approach this week.

His dinner guests include leaders from Adidas, Siemens, Nestle, Deloitte, and other companies.

But even if Trump's brash, uncensored manner causes heartburn here, the massive tax cuts he signed at the end of previous year have been welcomed among the collection of businessmen and financial CEOs. But now, chief executives are warming up to the president after a year in which his administration began a major deregulation effort and won passage of a law that slashes the US corporate tax rate.

Trump will be the first US president to attend the Davos forum since Bill Clinton in 2000.

After Mnuchin's remarks on Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross denied his colleague was advocating a weaker dollar, but when asked about the risk of trade wars, he told CNBC: "Trade war has been in place for quite a little while, the difference is the US troops are now coming to the ramparts". He will also call for trade imbalance corrections. He says he'll pull out of that if the USA can't secure better terms.

President Trump waves as he arrives in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Trump is due to speak on Friday, the final day of the four-day gathering of CEOs, bankers, academics and celebrities which has become a synonymous with the "global elite" that the president has railed against.

Other government leaders and business tycoons in Davos are agog at the tempestuous course of U.S. policy under Trump, who is due to close the forum on Friday with an eagerly awaited speech days after turmoil engulfed the dollar on currency markets. She was paying respect to 6 million Jews lost in the Holocaust and millions of other victims of the Nazis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that "when we see that things aren't equitable, we look for multilateral solutions rather than unilateral ones that simply promote isolation and protectionism".

The news media was not given prior notice of the visit.

Trump's participation at the World Economic Forum comes as he enters his second year in office.

East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham confirmed to CNN that the first lady's decision to forgo the trip was based on "scheduling and logistical issues".

In "the balance of hard power versus soft power, the US uniquely has a ratio emphasizing hard power and I'd hate to see it go even further", Gates said.

Trump's decision previous year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital roiled Arab nations and led Palestinians to refuse to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to the Mideast this week. He said he's going to Davos to get people to invest in the United States.

Trump will join a large US delegation already making waves.

Protesters have been pouring into the streets in several Swiss cities to express opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump's attendance at this week's World Economic Forum in Davos.

President Trump in Davos

"That was a little bit of a false rumor out there, I just wanted to correct it", he said.

Trudeau has no meeting planned with Trump while their time in Davos overlaps Thursday.

Despite allegations of election meddling, the ongoing Special Counsel investigation and reports of underwater drones carrying 100-megaton warheads, Trump's assessment of Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin continues to be upbeat.

Trump and May a year ago traded criticism over Trump's retweets of a far-right group's anti-Muslim videos.

The meeting comes two weeks after Trump cancelled an official February visit to the United Kingdom, where it was expected he would open the new U.S. embassy in London.

And other foreign leaders are drawing their own contrasts with the US president.

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May are meeting during a summit in Switzerland.

In his speech on Friday, Trump is expected to focus on national security, calling on world leaders to unite against North Korea, Islamic State and Iran-a familiar refrain from many of Trump's speeches to global audiences, said a person familiar with the text.

Trump recently canceled a trip to London for the opening of a new U.S. Embassy.

The U.S. Davos delegation, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, is already having an impact.

Trump will hold one-to-one talks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. He's also scheduled to meet with the forum's founder, attend a reception and eat dinner with European business leaders.

Speaking at the Thursday morning news conference, Ross said: "People are using some predatory practices against us and we're not flinching from that". He is expected to tout the booming economy and recent tax cut legislation.

Absent from the Davos scene: first lady Melania Trump. We are working on trade actions and economic development... most importantly the military.

Laura Dawson, director of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., says that leaders like Trump like to crow about how well their economy is doing and give full credit to their nationalist plans - but fail to credit the deep ties that link countries together.

Trump is also ready to argue that global cooperation can be part of his "America First" agenda.

"It's hard to square "America First" with the Davos ethos of globalism, but Trump might put it this way: Every other country pursues its own interests first and foremost, while America makes concession after concession and carries burden after burden", Hufbauer said in a written answer to a VOA request. Trump told reporters as he prepared for the trip that he's going to push for investment in the USA, touting a booming economy.

"Too often our rhetoric in support of free trade here in Davos is not matched by our actions", she said.

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