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What will Trump speak about in Davos next week?

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Nellie Chapman | 22 January, 2018, 19:25

"I wouldn't imagine it is".

This is why the President is going to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. "He has a different connection to Davos and WEF than other Reps because of his past experience as Ambassador, and I think he still wants to go", Beyer's spokesman said in an email.

Authorities in Davos, Switzerland, have rejected a request by left-wing groups to stage a protest during the World Economic Forum, saying heavy snowfall means there's not enough space.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is leading the delegation, was scheduled to leave for Davos on Monday ahead of the president's arrival but had to reconsider as the shutdown persisted past Sunday night.

Trump is the first US president to attend WEF's annual meeting since Bill Clinton in 2000, though Trump's attendance may be hampered by an ongoing USA government shutdown over spending plans.

Last year, the sole envoy from the Trump camp in the week leading up to his inauguration was Anthony Scaramucci, the NY financier who was sacked after just 10 days as White House communications director. He also said the security detail is similar to that provided in the past few years. The Swiss air force is providing 2,580 troops, while 1,600 are infantry and 187 are from the military police.

Many in Britain - including the mayor of London - have said Trump is not welcome there and speculated that he canceled his visit out of fear of widespread protests.

There is some uncertainty about Trump's attendance, however, in light of the government shutdown in Washington.

Over 3,000 world leaders from business, politics, art, academia and civil society will attend the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting over the next five days in the small ski resort town on snow-covered Alps mountains, where the Indian presence will be the largest ever with over 130 participants.

"There is today a real danger of a collapse of our global systems", said WEF founder Klaus Schwab.

On the sidelines of the Forum, the Prime Minister is scheduled to hold a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings with Heads of State, representatives of worldwide organizations and business companies.

When he speaks in Davos on Wednesday, the former investment banker will offer his own "diagnosis" of globalisation and set out a vision for addressing widening inequalities, global warming and the rise of nationalism, his advisers say.