US President Donald Trump’s arrival was much anticipated, so when the Presidential helicopter touched down, the world held its breath as world leaders and businessmen alike were preparing for his speech.
On Thursday he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed peace in the Middle East; he also met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and attempted to rectify the rumor that allegedly their relationship is less than optimal. Most surprisingly of all on Friday he met with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame in the wake of the “sh**hole” scandal, which seems to have been sidestepped by the two leaders.
But as Trump was gearing up for his speech at the World Economic Forum of Davos in Switzerland, a bombshell report broke out in the US that he had tried to fire special investigator Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia for 2016 election meddling as well as possible obstruction of justice charges against the President. It is worth noting that Trump is the first sitting President in over 18 years to attend WEF, and some analysts claim that this was a diversion move in order for Mueller scandal to settle down.
Instead, in his 15-minute speech he hailed the success of his first year in office and chose not to rail against globalization. He stressed multiple times that the investment environment in the US was very good and said that “America is open for business and we are competitive once again” after a reform package was recently implemented.
He insisted that his “America First” policy would not reinforce protectionism and would definitely not prevent him from negotiating bilateral trade agreements as long as they favor American interests. For the most part of his address, his tone was muted, wildly different from his attitude on the campaign trail where he denounced globalization and its effects.
Only after the end of his speech he referred to the “nasty, mean, and fake” news media, which caused the crowd to boo him, a break from the otherwise polite reception he received.
Next week, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address before the Congress, and according to White House officials, this speech was only a prelude.