President Donald Trump plans to bring a big delegation with him to the small Swiss ski town of Davos in two weeks, including eight Cabinet members and some of the White House's senior staff. His visit will mark the first time a sitting US president has attended the event in almost 20 years.The gathering of political leaders and business executives will take place on January 23-26.
Over a dozen administration officials will attend the summit with Trump including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
Trump will become the first US president since Bill Clinton to go to the forum, which will be held January 23 to 26.
"I don't think it's a hangout for globalists", Mnuchin said at the White House daily press briefing. American presidents have rarely attended, partly to avoid the perception of being too close to the elite circle that usually attends.
Trump's administration is embracing Davos this year after previously spurning the gathering of the world's economic elite. They will arrive on Monday and leave Wednesday in part to free hotel rooms for Trump's delegation, which arrives on Thursday, the person said.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement that the president welcomes the opportunity to promote his "America First" agenda with world leaders. Then-Vice President Joe Biden attended previous year.