By Daniel Uria – UPI
President Donald Trump is set to land in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum on Thursday where he plans to promote his “America First” message.
Trump boarded Marine One at 8:34 p.m. for the approximately 8 hour flight to Davos where he will join members of his administration at the gathering of global business and political elite.
The president will address the forum on Friday and is expected to sell attendees on the United States’ economy and encourage them to invest in the country.
“I’m going to say, ‘Come into the United States, you have plenty of money,” Trump said. “It’s going to be an interesting time.”
The theme of this year’s World Economic Forum is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World,” addressing the impact of nationalist and populist forces throughout the world on globalization.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao spoke on a panel Wednesday discussing Trump’s upcoming speech before his arrival.
During the panel McCarthy explained why “America First” isn’t a protectionist philosophy.
“Where was the first time you heard Make America Great Again? President Ronald Reagan. Think about what the world looked like after Reagan was President of the United States,” he said. “Secondly, it is only right to modernize the NAFTA agreement. The NAFTA agreement was created before computers — before technology. There’s nothing wrong with negotiating.”
Chao also responded to hundreds who rallied in Zurich to protest Trump’s arrival as well as critics possibly attending the forum.
“Davos should feel very flattered that he has chosen this as a forum,” she said. “Those who don’t want to listen to him can leave.”
Trump’s trip to Davos follows his move Tuesday to impose a 30 percent tariffon solar panels and washing machines.
Speaking in Davos, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the move is part of the administration’s attempt to fix “incorrect policy decisions that our government and others made earlier in the process.”
“These are old systems; the world has changed,” he added.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made an impact on the U.S. economy while at the forum Wednesday as the value of the U.S. dollar fell to a three-year low after he said a weak dollar has its advantages.
“A weaker dollar is good for trade. In the longer term, a stronger dollar is a reflection of the strength of the U.S. economy,” he said.
Trump will have dinner in Davos with European business leaders, and meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.
During the meetings he will discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea and the campaign against the Islamic State.