At the World Economic Forum in Davos, US President Donald Trump told at a gathering of political and business elites that ‘America first’ agenda has helped the country in its economic growth and also benefit the rest of the world. It was quite evident that Donald Trump was aware of the global audience and didn’t overemphasize on his protectionist policies.
In his trademark attitude, the US President remarked,”As president of the United States, I will always put America first just as the leaders of others countries should put their countries first. When the United States grows, so does the world.
American prosperity has created countless jobs around the globe and the drive for excellence, creativity, and innovation in the United States has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and healthier lives. We support free trade but it needs to be fair and it needs to be reciprocal.”
There is no denying the fact that Donald Trump was hitting the same chord as he stressed on one-to-one national trade deals rather than regional ones. But his remarks, as usual, stressed the importance of secure borders, stricter immigration policies, and enhanced national sovereignty. The highlight of his speech was the emphasis on putting national interests ahead of larger multi-national partnerships.
Interestingly, Donald Trump’s speech didn’t categorically include issues such as climate change, the fate of the refugees, diplomatic solutions in a number of world situations such as the Jerusalem one, which did frustrate many of the world leaders present in the summit. Anyhow, Donald Trump has been the first sitting President to attend Davos since Bill Clinton in 2000.