President Donald Trump arrived in Davos, on Thursday and will deliver his speech to the World Economic Forum on Friday. As a citizen of the United States, I find it quite ironic that the last US president to attend Davos was Bill Clinton in 2000. It’s a very different world now than it was then, and what a different message this president is bringing. While Clinton spoke about embracing globalization and lowering trade barriers, Trump’s message is totally different.
In anticipation of Friday’s speech, the German and Swiss media that I’ve been reading illuminate the paradox of his new message being delivered to a conference that is focused on increased cooperation among countries. I can’t help but wonder how he’ll spin his message to an audience dedicated to global collaboration.
What I wonder--as a citizen of the United States who embraces globalization--is the impact of his speech on those assembled. We are accustomed to the US president having a great impact on these meetings, but perhaps that will not be the case this year. I can’t help but think how having a more globally minded perspective might have altered his approach to the representatives of the world’s economies.