By Steve Dellar  |  01-25-2018   News
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Switzerland ground to a halt just a half an hour ago when the main event was launched with the arrival of US President Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Even in the presence of Germany’s Angela Merkel, the UK’s Theresa May and China’s Xi Jinping, the Swiss all realized that now only the Davos event truly begins.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Welcome to Switzerland, Mr President. “Thank you very much. Great country”, Donald Trump replies <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/davos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#davos</a> <a href="https://t.co/D5QU1eRiHw">pic.twitter.com/D5QU1eRiHw</a></p>&mdash; Graeme Wearden (@graemewearden) <a href="https://twitter.com/graemewearden/status/956527059135815680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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One of the delegates welcomes him to Switzerland, to which the US President replies: “Thank you very much. Great country.”

Asked by a journalist what his plans are for his upcoming speech, Mr Trump says he will speak about “Peace and prosperity.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Donald Trump arrives for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WEF2018?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WEF2018</a> meeting in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Davos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Davos</a> with WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab <a href="https://t.co/1k7SG09Q7z">pic.twitter.com/1k7SG09Q7z</a></p>&mdash; CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial/status/956533975014494208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Flanked by his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (and preceded by his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who arrived two days ago), President Trump is there to promote his ‘America First’ policy and the US’s new approach when it comes to trade.

Mr Gary Cohn, the director of the White House's National Economic Council, explained what the US President would do in Davos: "The President's appearance is there to sell his accomplishments, to remind the world that we are open for business, that we're a competitive country, that we have made America very competitive, and that everyone should understand what he has accomplished in his first year, and what we're going to continue to accomplish in the next three remaining years."

Furthermore, the president will have an interview with Piers Morgan, the former CNN reporter who now works back in the UK. On Twitter, Mr Morgan said: “Breaking news: I will sit down today in Davos with Donald Trump for his first international TV interview since becoming president. It will air exclusively on ITV this Sunday night at 10 pm.”

Source:

https://twitter.com/graemewearden/status/956527059135815680

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