Donald Trump is to join the globe-trotting elite in the Swiss resort of Davos this month, in a move that sits awkwardly with his reputation as a scourge of globalisation and populist champion for ordinary Americans.
Mr Trump would become the first sitting US president to attend the World Economic Forum gathering in late January since Bill Clinton 18 years ago. This year』s discussions are entitled 「creating a shared future in a fractured world」.
The Trump camp had only a minimal presence in Switzerland in the lead-up to the president』s inauguration last year, a decision reportedly driven in part by a perception that Davos was inimical to Mr Trump』s populist roots.
That left the stage open to Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, who dominated proceedings with a deliberate attempt to draw a line between himself and the new US president. In a speech, Mr Xi robustly defended globalisation and rebuked countries that pursue their own interests at the expense of others.
That set of meetings was dominated by shock over Mr Trump』s win and fears over the prospects for lost US leadership. Mr Trump』s then-adviser Anthony Scaramucci was the only prominent voice for the incoming president at the gathering, which was also attended by outgoing vice-president Joe Biden and John Kerry, then secretary of state.
去年的一系列會議充斥着對特朗普當選的震驚，以及對美國失去領導作用前景的擔憂。時任特朗普顧問的安東尼•斯卡拉穆奇(Anthony Scaramucci)是去年論壇上唯一代表即將上任的總統的人物，出席該論壇的還有即將卸任的副總統喬•拜登(Joe Biden)和時任國務卿約翰•克里(John Kerry)。
The White House signalled yesterday that it had had a change of heart about Davos. 「The president welcomes opportunities to advance his 『America First』 agenda with world leaders,」 said spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
白宮昨日發出信號表明，其已改變對達沃斯的看法。女發言人薩拉•哈克比•桑德斯(Sarah Huckabee Sanders)稱：「總統歡迎有機會在世界領袖面前推進其『美國優先』議程。」
Davos is quintessential a gathering of the world』s most influential and wealthy individuals, with more than 2,500 from 100 countries tipped to participate. Its debates are steeped in the language of global co-operation — interspersed with excursions on Alpine ski slopes. This year』s gathering pledges to 「rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world」.
Mr Trump on his campaign attacked Hillary Clinton as a 「globalist」 and vowed to champion Americans beaten back by an unfair economic system.
Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the WEF, told staff the organisation was looking forward to welcoming Mr Trump. 「The engagement of the president will allow participants to get a direct perspective on US political and economic priorities,」 he said.