Trump to meet with British prime minister next week in Swiss Alps

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

The forum will take place at the Swiss ski resort from Tuesday to Friday next week, and will be attended by politicians and leaders in the business world.

Last year, PwC's reputation suffered when actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty wrongly announced the top Oscar went to "La La Land", instead of "Moonlight". However, the forum's chairman Klaus Schwab said he still expects Trump to attend.

Mr Trump was planning to leave later in the week.

A senior administration official said Trump is expected to take a double-edged message to the forum in Switzerland, where he is to deliver a speech and meet some world leaders.

Asked if Trump would attend if the government is still shutdown, Sanders said: "I don't know that that's very likely".

Trump, the first sitting US president to attend the forum since Bill Clinton in 2000, is a source of much of this anxiety after a volatile first year in office in which he has turned American foreign policy on its head. I wouldn't imagine it is. She said there was greater certainty for the near future, which would make a difference to the investment climate.

Members of Switzerland's Social Democratic Party and Green Party had requested permission to stage a protest on Thursday.

The four-day Davos assembly brings together more than 2,500 participants, including world leaders, business titans and renowned activists from around the world. Yet, days later, the Gowda government budget had surprised many, with dramatic and deep cuts in income tax rates; cutting of corporate tax rate to 35 per cent; and slashing of peak Customs duty from 50 per cent to 40 per cent; besides many other changes and reform measures.

But in a separate report unveiled in Davos, Oxfam said the world's richest one percent raked in 82 percent of the wealth created a year ago while the poorest half of the population received none.

Around 93% of the military on display are conscripts.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has repeatedly complained about Trump and declared that the U.S. President was not welcome in London or Britain. WEF officials could not say whether the late cancellation by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had anything to do with Trump's decision to speak.

During May's trip to the Washington, DC in January 2017, Trump had accepted an invitation to visit the United Kingdom according to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia's delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week will be led by state minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, who was released from detention related to an anti-corruption purge in November, Saudi sources told Reuters.

The US president has tweeted that he was unhappy that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had sold the current embassy for "peanuts" in order to build a $1bn (£750m) replacement, calling it a "bad deal".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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