As President Trump coses out a controversy-filled first year in office, and embarks on his second year in the Oval office, a great deal of anticipation is growing around his forthcoming interactions in the international community. When considering the seemingly detrimental interactions with foreign leaders in his initial year in office, including his behavior at various United Nations summits and other meetings abroad, all eyes are now on how, if at all, the new year will provide more stability for the president’s global relations.
Among the first meetings he will be taking with a foreign leader will take place on January 10th, at 3:20 p.m. EST, with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The meeting will be held at the White House, wherein the two leaders will hold a joint press conference in the East Room. According to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump and Solberg will meet to discuss issues surrounding economic development, international security, and alliance-based issues for the upcoming year.
One question that is likely to be raised by members of press in attendance is the president’s proposed plan to attend the World Economic Forum, which will take place in Davos, Switzerland, a somewhat unorthodox move for a U.S. president, due to the perceived image of mingling with the world’s richest and highest-ranking economic elites. Not only is the move to attend unusual, it sheds light on the potentially negligent intentions Trump may have in store for the forum, due to the fact that the theme of global cooperation and integrationist policies runs contradictory to the president’s “America First” agenda.
Trump is planning to travel to Davos for the World Economic Forum, an event that is synonymous with wealth and elite prestige https://t.co/HFZKu4jZpS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 9, 2018
The news regarding Trump’s attendance in Davos leaked Tuesday to the New York Times, creating concern regarding how the president will use the platform when he gives a speech at the forum. According to POLITICO:
‘One administration official said Trump’s appearance will be a “Nikki Haley at the U.N.” moment, referring to a speech from the U.N. ambassador in which she threatened to pull U.S. funding from the organization over its condemnation of the administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.’
The White House Press Secretary claimed that the global stage will be another means by which the president will promote an “America First” agenda, similar to the same ideals he promotes in the U.S.
Wednesday’s press conference is also likely to raise questions surrounding an array of controversial issues that have come to light in recent weeks. These inquiries will likely be in regards to the recent clashes between the Trump administration and Steve Bannon, Bannon’s recent departure from Breitbart, as well as questions about Michael Wolff’s bombshell book, Fire and Fury. Trump proponents have been in a verbal war with Steve Bannon since the release of Wolff’s book, wherein the former Breitbart executive is quoted criticizing and discrediting Donald Trump’s children. Despite the fact that the White House has outright dismissed the credibility of Wolff and his book, the extent to which the president has lashed out against Bannon provides insight as to possible truths that may be evident in the book.
BREAKING: Former White House strategist Steve Bannon steps down from Breitbart News Network after public break with Trump.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 9, 2018
Other questions and topics that are likely to be asked include the recent injunction that has temporarily thwarted Trump’s plans to repeal DACA, immigration policies, as well as the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
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