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President Donald Trump listens during a dinner with European business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2018 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Trump Found the Sweet Spot Where ‘America First’ and the Davos World Meet

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

To surprise, relief or disappointment in various quarters, U.S. President Donald Trump managed to comport himself mainly with dignity and appropriate remarks when he encountered the global elite in Davos last week. At least he did during his formal speech, which was teleprompter Trump, not Twitter Trump, as he promoted investment in the United States and touted America’s economic growth. In a brief question-and-answer sessions after his speech, Trump quickly went off script, complaining about “how fake the press can be.” Many in the audience booed.

But he still came away from Davos with generally high marks. Trump’s attendance at the World Economic Forum, the first by an American president since Bill Clinton in 2000, made clear that the rarified group of suave cosmopolitans who flock to the Swiss resort every year has a few things in common with the crude, nativist president, not all of them flattering. ...

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