White House defends Trump's trip to Davos economic forum

Source: The Hill | January 11, 2018 | Jonathan Easley

The White House on Thursday defended President Trump’s planned trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, against criticism from reporters that he’s going to “rub elbows” with “globalists.”

CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during the White House daily briefing on why the president would attend the forum, which he described as a “hangout for globalists.”

“I don’t think it’s a hangout for globalists,” Mnuchin responded. “The idea is that the economic team is going to go over and talk about the America first economic strategy. We are thrilled that the president is coming. And I think what we know is that the economy that is good for the U.S. is good for the rest of the world.”

The U.S. typically sends a high-ranking delegation to the meeting of government and business leaders. Trump will be only the second sitting president to attend the Davos conference, after Bill Clinton. This year’s forum is scheduled to run Jan. 23-26.

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