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.
去年的一系列会议充斥着对特朗普当选的震惊，以及对美国失去领导作用前景的担忧。时任特朗普顾问的安东尼•斯卡拉穆奇(Anthony Scaramucci)是去年论坛上唯一代表即将上任的总统的人物，出席该论坛的还有即将卸任的副总统乔•拜登(Joe Biden)和时任国务卿约翰•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.
白宫昨日发出信号表明，其已改变对达沃斯的看法。女发言人萨拉•哈克比•桑德斯(Sarah Huckabee Sanders)称：“总统欢迎有机会在世界领袖面前推进其‘美国优先’议程。”
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.