President Trump is expected to attend this year's edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, after not going to the conference last year due to the government shutdown, the White House announced on Thursday.
The event takes place January 20-24 and brings together numerous members of the global elite, including executives, heads of private equity firms, finance ministers, politicians, and more. Donald Trump attended the summit in 2018 and remained pleased with the reception he received.
President Trump's attendance at the event might be canceled this year too, because of the trial he faces on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi already sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Pelosi have not reached an agreement yet on how to conduct the impeachment trial.
According to a White House official statement, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will lead the U.S. delegation. He will be joined by officials including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who represented the United States in Davos last year, is not among the participants this year. The theme of the upcoming economic forum is globalization. The world leaders will discuss how to hope with the challenges it brings to our society.
This year, the nine-person U.S. presidential delegation to Switzerland also features Trump's family members, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Critics have repeatedly questioned their roles in the U.S. foreign politics. The first daughter and her husband have been serving as assistants and advisers and often accompany Donald Trump during his official visits abroad.
Earlier this year, Ivanka Trump was in the center of a social media frenzy. The French Elysée palace posted online a video of her trying to approach the world leaders during the G20 summit in Japan. She tried to talk to then-British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Canadian leader Justin Trudeau, and the French President Emmanuel Macron.
Christine Lagarde, the then-head of the International Monetary Fund, made a perplexed facial reaction when Trump's daughter tried to engage in a conversation with her. As a result, U.S. President's critics commented that Ivanka Trump appeared to be ''out of place'' in this setting.
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