The theme of the 48th World Economic Forum [aka DAVOS] is “Creating a shared future in a fractured world.” Trump’s attendance marks the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since Bill Clinton’s in 2000. The announcement was met with some surprise, as the WEF in Davos is often seen as the meeting of the globalist elite promoting trade agreements Trump has opposed with his “America First” policy, the BBC noted.
“White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders signaled Trump will use his attendance at Davos “to advance his America First agenda with world leaders.”
“At this year’s World Economic Forum, the president looks forward to promoting his policies to strengthen American businesses, American industries and American workers.”
Mark Malloch Brown, former United Nations deputy secretary-general, told CNBC ahead of Davos 2018 that the world was a more dangerous place now because of Trump, especially with regards to his interventions in North Korea and the Middle East. Source: CNBC.com
“Trump the disruptor was welcome because there had been no solution in the Middle East or North Korea for years. But Trump the guy that just has no policy depth, the recklessness, the temper on him and unpredictability … So net-net, he’s making the world a more dangerous place,” Malloch Brown said.
Brown told CNBC that Trump’s policies had not yet helped his core group of supporters and that they could depolarize the U.S.
“Some tokenist things like re-opening a coal mine or the promise to cut immigration — these are acts of theater intended to appeal to that constituency, but they’re not enduring economic solutions to that group’s problems,” he said.
“It’s unlikely that the current division in the U.S. will end and it will, like the Davos title, likely remain fractured. But, if anything, those fractures will deepen precisely because the Trump presidency won’t likely deliver solutions.”