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Trump to Tell Davos the US 'Open for Business'

Trump to Tell Davos the US 'Open for Business'
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:49 PM

President Donald Trump plans to meet with world leaders, dine with business executives and declare America "open for business" during his trip to the Davos summit.

White House officials said Tuesday the president is going to the World Economic Forum to promote his economic policies. He departs Wednesday and arrives in Switzerland on Thursday.

Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. There is a reception in his honor that night and he will host a small dinner for European companies.

On Friday, he meets with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Swiss President Alain Berset, before delivering a keynote address.

Top Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn says the president is going to Davos to "tell the world that America is open for business."

A former aide to four U.S. presidents says he expects Donald Trump to use his visit to Davos to "ramp-up" for his State of the Union speech as well as to tout America's economic prospects.

David Gergen, co-director of Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership, said Trump has a "fundamental choice" to make regarding his World Economic Forum speech on Friday.

Gergen says that's "whether he's speaking to a global audience as an internationalist, or whether he's speaking to his base back home."

He said Tuesday: "So far, when he's been in an international setting such as the U.N., he's very much aimed his message at the base: That will not go over well here."

Gergen worked in the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton White Houses. He says it's good that Trump is bring a big team to Davos, but "the real question is going to be the message."

Hundreds of protesters, some with their faces covered, are marching in Switzerland's largest city to denounce the World Economic Forum and the planned visit of President Donald Trump to Davos.

With a phalanx of shield-bearing security forces keeping watch, the marchers in Zurich are chanting slogans, clapping and waving flags with anti-capitalist messages on them. One at the front read: "Dump the Trump," and others said simply: "Smash WEF."

A few pops that sounded like firecrackers echoed out and police had water cannons deployed along the route of the march, but there was no immediate sign of any violence.

The protest is the latest and potentially most combative among a few anti-Trump protests since the White House announced his attendance at the conference of business leaders, government and U.N. officials, and other decision-makers this week in Davos.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says corporate leaders should consider gender-balanced boards.

Trudeau made woman's rights and gender equality a focus of his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The prime minister named women to half the positions in his cabinet in 2015 and his succinct "Because it's 2015" explanation for the move attracted international attention.

Trudeau says the #MeToo movement shows the need to have a critical discussion on women's rights, equality, and the power. The movement has been credited with unveiling widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

He says gender equality will be a focus of the G-7 Summit in Canada later this year.

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