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Hold On To Your Butts, Switzerland: Donald Trump Is Heading To Davos

The World Economic Forum in Davos is hoping the US president can provide its wealthy and/or powerful attendees "a direct perspective on US political and economic priorities."

Posted on January 9, 2018, at 5:51 p.m. ET

These are the Swiss Alps. If you look up "serene" in the dictionary, you're likely to find a picture of the region's mountains.

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This is the World Economic Forum, hosted in Davos, Switzerland, each year, where billionaires and world leaders come together in a weeklong orgy of concentrated power.

(We are pretty sure there have been no actual orgies reported in the many, many stories about the forum.)
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(We are pretty sure there have been no actual orgies reported in the many, many stories about the forum.)

And this is President Donald Trump: While not exactly serene, and having never released tax returns that show he's a billionaire, he IS a world leader now. And with that, he will be attending his first Davos summit later this month.

"The World Economic Forum is looking forward to welcoming President Trump to the Annual Meeting in Davos at the end of January," Klaus Schwab, the founder of the forum, said in an email to staff on Tuesday. "The engagement of the President will allow participants to get a direct perspective on US political and economic priorities."
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"The World Economic Forum is looking forward to welcoming President Trump to the Annual Meeting in Davos at the end of January," Klaus Schwab, the founder of the forum, said in an email to staff on Tuesday. "The engagement of the President will allow participants to get a direct perspective on US political and economic priorities."

This should be a fascinating event, because while Trump loves being the center of attention and one of the richest people* in the room, he's gonna be surrounded by people like Sergey Brin** of Alphabet, Microsoft founder Bill Gates***, and Alibaba's Jack Ma****.

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* estimated net worth: $3.1 billion

** net worth: $47.9 billion

*** net worth: $90.2 billion

**** net worth: $37.9 billion

Also, in his first year in office, Trump hasn't shown much love for attending summits of his fellow dignitaries, unless suffusive praise — or an Orb — is involved.

He's going to be accompanied by several Cabinet members and members of Congress on the trip, so he's not going to get bored. But his meetings with other world leaders? Potentially dicier.
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He's going to be accompanied by several Cabinet members and members of Congress on the trip, so he's not going to get bored. But his meetings with other world leaders? Potentially dicier.

That Trump is going at all has to be the cherry on top of a not very fun day for former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Bannon, who helped push Trump's economic populist message during the 2016 campaign and first months of the administration, left his position at Breitbart News officially on Tuesday, just hours after Trump's visit to the land of the 0.0000001% was first reported.
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Bannon, who helped push Trump's economic populist message during the 2016 campaign and first months of the administration, left his position at Breitbart News officially on Tuesday, just hours after Trump's visit to the land of the 0.0000001% was first reported.

But who knows! Trump loves businesspeople — seeing himself as being a mensch among them — so this could go great! He could wind up winning over the crowd with his talk of less trade and America First and...

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Orrrrrr he could spend all of his time at Davos's golf course, even though it's January. It's a bit of a toss-up, really.

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