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Donald Trump took the opportunity at a speech before the rich and powerful at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to brag about the American economy and his trade deals while ignoring the Senate trial looking to remove him from office.
If anyone was wondering how Trump would respond to the effort to unseat him, the president’s speech at Davos answered those questions.
Despite troubles back home, Trump reminded the audience that when he spoke there two years ago he told them that the great American comeback was officially launched.
“Today I’m proud to declare the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” he said. He went on to vow never to let “radical socialists destroy our economy.”
Trade discrepancies, he said, has [sic] for decades been ignored, tolerated and enabled by other administrations.
But he cheered his landmark United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and China trade deals and their potential benefits to Americans. He also said the tough negotiations have solidified relationships with other countries. He said his relationship with China’s President Xi Jinping has never been better.
“He is for China, I’m for the U.S., but other than that, we love each other,” Trump said.
The president never even mentioned impeachment.
The two-day Swiss visit will test Trump’s ability to balance his domestic issues involving impeachment with a desire to project leadership on the world stage. Speculation had mounted that Trump would cancel the trip due to the Senate trial, but aides said he remains focused on producing results for the American people.
Trump’s positive outlook at Davos seems a world away from Democrats in Washington who want to see him removed from office. His impeachment trial proceedings are set to begin at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday with the expectation they will stretch well into the night on Capitol Hill.
Trump is not a hand-wringer, so his apparent disinterest in the trial proceedings is either a show of bravado or a sublime belief in his own invincibility. Trump knows that the circus is coming to town and will find some way to twist the proceedings to his advantage. It shouldn’t be difficult given the rabid, hysterical Trump hatred in Democrats like Adam Schiff and Chuck Schumer.
The American people are split on whether Trump should stay or go, which is to be expected given the daily drumbeat of hysterical charges from the media. But every Republican in the Senate appears ready to acquit the president, making this partisan farce a sideshow to the 2020 election.