It has become fairly clear by this point that Donald Trump stirs controversy everywhere he goes, as his offensive rhetoric and illogical behaviour have become major points of contention. Protests against various Trump policies have become prevalent throughout the country, as ordinary citizens and advocates band together to protest and voice their opinions against his divisive agenda. Whether this was the recent Women’s March on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, or the activism of those with Haitian backgrounds in taking to the streets of New York after the president referred to the country as a “sh*thole”, people everywhere are taking a stand.
Such is the case now, in Switzerland, as citizens of Davos have taken to the streets to protest their distaste for the insensitive president. Earlier this month, it was announced that Trump would attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, a global meeting who’s cooperative and globalist initiatives seemingly run contrary to the “America First” agenda the president has promoted. Concerns have arisen surrounding the president’s speech at the forum, and the likelihood that he will use the global stage to stir further disdain amongst America’s global allies.
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Earlier this week, however, Trump’s Davos trip seemed to be in doubt, due to the ongoing government shutdown that arose. With the complications having entered their third day, it seemed as if the president would be unable to attend the summit of economic elites, as Democrats and Republicans remained at odds in finding an agreement that was suitable for both sides. The primary issue in causing the shutdown revolved around immigration policies and threats to DACA recipients, as the Trump administration has attempted to dissolve the program which protects those who entered the country illegally as minors, often with their families, and stayed in the country illegally, from being deported. However, the shutdown ended on the third day, as Democrats received commitments from GOP lawmakers that DACA recipients would be protected.
Trump, now on his way to the Forum in Switzerland, will not be traveling alone, as he takes along with him quite a large entourage. According to a report by POLITICO,
‘In addition to Trump, the large Davos delegation [is] set to include chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and other senior staff as well as several other cabinet secretaries and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.’
As Trump embarked on his trip, Swiss citizens were quick to mobilize against the president’s arrival. Nearly 2,000 protesters organized to tell Trump that he was not welcome. Protesters claimed that they were advocating against Trump’s racial insensitivity, sexism and disregard for women’s rights, and his apparent carelessness regarding climate change, as was seen in his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords earlier last year.
Earlier today, it was revealed that First Lady Melania Trump had backed out from attending the trip with her husband, as allegations surrounding his affair with Stormy Daniels, an adult movie actress, emerged earlier this month. The president is reported to have had a sexual relationship with the actress 18 months after his marriage to Melania, and just 4 months after the birth of their child, Barron. Since then, Melania Trump has maintained a low profile, with opting out of the Davos trip being a major example of tensions between the two.
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