(National Sentinel)Â America First:Â President Donald J. Trump arrived at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, set to deliver a speech on Friday that will echo his “America First” policy approach.
Trump noted that his administration wants “peace and prosperity,” while also offering better trade deals in his appeal for companies to invest in the United States.
“I think the real message is we want great prosperity and we want great peace,” Trump — who was clearly in his element among business and economic leaders — said after holding back-to-back meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
As for investing in America, “It’s been going really well. A lot of people are coming back to the United States,” he said. “We are seeing tremendous investment. And today’s been a very exciting day, very great day and great for our country.”
White House officials noted that Trump will give a full-throated “America first” message to conference attendees during his highlighted and anticipated speech Friday, but the reiterated that the principle doesn’t mean the U.S. won’t engage globally.
“America First’ does mean working with the rest of the world,’ said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is leading the largest U.S. delegation ever to attend the exclusive gathering. “It just means that President Trump is looking out for American workers and American interests, no different than he expects other leaders would look out for their own.”
The Dow Jones Industrial Average initially rose 200 points after Trump’s well-received arrival in Davos, but then fell to around 167 points later in the day. Still, the index reached another record high.
Also, Trump’s approval rating popped to 45 percent on additional good economic news that the U.S. economy could hit a “trifecta” of 3 percent growth for three consecutive quarters — something that hasn’t happened since 2005.
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