Trump to world leaders at Davos: ‘America First not America alone’

Financial Times, Jan 26, 2018
by Katie Martin and Adam Samson

Donald Trump made his most visible bid to build bridges with the international community in his highly anticipated keynote speech to fellow world leaders and titans of global industry, in a Davos address designed both to steal the show and to calm concerns over rising protectionism.

Having begun the second day of his trip to the Alps with a bilateral meeting with the president of Rwanda — seeking to douse concerns that he is dismissive of Africa — the president rattled off a series of boasts about the US economy and markets, referring to a “strong and propserous America”. In a familiar refrain, he said that the the US has created $7tn in new wealth since he became president about a year ago, and that business and consumer confidence is the “highest in decades”.

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