Donald Trump to return to Davos economic forum in January, says White House

Trump attending a business dinner during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in 2018.
Trump attending a business dinner during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Donald Trump will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos next month, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday (Dec 18).

"The President will attend as he did last year," said Ms Sanders, who added that Mr Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka would also participate as part of the US delegation to the annual talks held at a Swiss ski resort.

Others set to attend include Mr Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's adviser and son-in-law, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

It will be the second time the Republican President has attended Davos, after taking his "America First" agenda to the global business elite last year.

In a 15-minute speech at the climax of his debut appearance in the Swiss Alps, Mr Trump offered "America's friendship and partnership" in both trade and security.