Jan. 25 (UPI) — President Donald Trump arrived in Switzerland Thursday, where he will take his “America First” message to the World Economic Forum.
The president will address the gathering of business and political elite on Friday and is expected to sell attendees on the United States’ economy and encourage them to invest in the country.
“I’m going to say, ‘Come into the United States, you have plenty of money,'” Trump said. “It’s going to be an interesting time.”
The theme of this year’s forum is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World,” addressing the impact of nationalist and populist forces throughout the world on globalization.
During the panel McCarthy explained why “America First” isn’t a protectionist philosophy.
“Where was the first time you heard ‘Make America Great Again’? President Ronald Reagan. Think about what the world looked like after Reagan was president of the United States,” he said. “Secondly, it is only right to modernize the NAFTA agreement. The NAFTA agreement was created before computers — before technology. There’s nothing wrong with negotiating.”
Chao responded to hundreds who rallied in Zurich to protest Trump’s arrival, as well as critics possibly attending the forum.
“Davos should feel very flattered that he has chosen this as a forum,” she said. “Those who don’t want to listen to him can leave.”
Trump’s trip to Davos follows his move Tuesday to impose a 30 percent tariff on solar panels and washing machines.
“These are old systems; the world has changed,” he added.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made an impact on the U.S. economy while at the forum Wednesday as the value of the U.S. dollar fell to a three-year low after he said a weak dollar has its advantages.
“A weaker dollar is good for trade. In the longer term, a stronger dollar is a reflection of the strength of the U.S. economy,” he said.
Trump will have dinner in Davos with European business leaders, and meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.