November 28, 2020

Trump urges countries to ‘put their own citizens first’ at Davos as he touts US economic success

President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a special address on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

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President Donald Trump took an opportunity to address world leaders on Tuesday to trumpet his “America First” agenda and encourage other nations to adopt a similar nation-focused approach to economics and political relations around the world.

“America’s newfound prosperity is undeniable, unprecedented and unmatched anywhere in the world,” Trump said from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “America achieved this stunning turnaround not by making minor changes to a handful of policies, but by adopting a whole new approach centered entirely on the wellbeing of the American worker.”

“Every decision we make on taxes, trade, regulation, energy, immigration, education and more is focused on improving the lives of everyday Americans,” he added. “Only when governments put their own citizens first will people be fully invested in their national futures.”

Much of his speech centered around the success the administration has seen while pursuing an “America First” policy, a set of guidelines that tries to benefit average Americans through economic policies such as trade protections or tax cuts.

The policy, which has led to fierce trade battles with longtime economic partners like China, the EU and Mexico, has accompanied better-than-expected GDP growth in the U.S. as well as historically low levels of unemployment and consistent records in the stock market.

“Today I urge other nations to follow our example and liberate your citizens from the crushing weight of bureaucracy,” Trump added on Tuesday. “With that, you have to run your own countries the way you want.”

The multiday forum in Davos is an annual event where the globe’s most powerful political leaders and corporate executives share ideas and swap business proposals in the Swiss Alps.

Trump’s speech came a day after the president’s legal team implored the U.S. Senate to reject the House of Representative’s two articles of impeachment against him. The third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history will begin later Tuesday.

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