Trump will deliver a 'very carrot-and-stick' address to billionaires and world leaders at Davos

  • President Donald Trump is set to address a crowd of billionaires, world leaders, and reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and an unnamed official told Axios he was likely to deliver an address unlike anything heard there before.
  • Last year at the conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a sweeping defence of globalization. Trump is expected to do the opposite.

President Donald Trump is heading to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month, and according to Mike Allen of the news website Axios, he is expected to deliver a shocking address to the conference’s audience of world leaders and the international billionaire class.

Trump will give “a very carrot-and-stick message,” Allen said, citing a senior administration official. According to the person, Allen said, Trump planned to reaffirm the US’s alliances and tout his tax cuts but also make a case that the US had been mistreated and perhaps ripped off by globalization.

“A lot of people in these venues aren’t used to that,” the official told Allen, a reference to the billionaires and world leaders who attend the forum.

Essentially, Trump’s Davos speech promises to deliver more of the same campaign rhetoric from Trump and more calls for international actors to play by the rules.

It could contrast with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 2017 address to Davos. He offered a fierce defence of globalism in the days before Trump’s inauguration and warned countries to “refrain from pursuing their own interests at the expense of others.” Allen expects Trump to double down on his “America First” rhetoric.

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