Monday, January 22, 2018

Trump May Cancel Davos Trip

President Donald Trump may not get to Davos, Switzerland this week after all, reports Politico.

It's all about optics.

The Senate’s failure to reach a deal to reopen the federal government Sunday night threw Trump’s planned trip to the World Economic Forum into question.

According to Politico, Trump could still make the trip late in the week if the shutdown ends in time. Trump is slated to speak toward the end of the summit, which begins Tuesday and runs through Friday.

But plans for the entire Trump delegation are in flux. The Senate has another vote scheduled for Monday at noon to reopen the government but passage is not assured.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was scheduled to fly out to Davos on Monday to lead a large administration delegation to the World Economic Forum annual meeting ahead of Trump’s arrival. But those plans were also being reconsidered late Sunday as the shutdown dragged toward its third day. Should the impasse last deep into the week, the entire trip could get canceled.

“It would not look very good to have a bunch of senior people in Switzerland if the government is still shut down,” a senior administration official said.

Damn, and I bought extra popcorn for the event. The protectionist Trump speaking before crony free traders would be top rate globalist entertainment.

Others expected at Davos this year include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Indian Prime Mister Narendra Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.


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