Trump in Davos: ‘America Is Open for Business and We Are Competitive Once Again’

President Donald Trump plans to tell a gathering of political and business elites during his speech in Davos on Friday that the economic growth taking place in the U.S. due to his “America first” agenda also benefits the rest of the world.

According to Reuters, Trump said in excerpts of his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos that American prosperity has created countless jobs around the world, and that the drive for excellence and innovation has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere.

“The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America,” Trump will say, according to excerpts released by the White House.

“There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States. America is open for business and we are competitive once again,” he said.

Trump also sought to reassure the globalist and cooperation-minded audience that his protectionist vision does not mean America alone.

“When the United States grows, so does the world,” the president said. “American prosperity has created countless jobs around the globe and the drive for excellence, creativity and innovation in the United States has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and healthier lives.”

The gathering of global elites with a free trade penchant had viewed Trump with skepticism, given his “America First” message, but the White House has insisted that his protectionist policies and international cooperation can go hand-in-hand.

While interest in the president’s remarks has been keen, the moment was shadowed by a report in The New York Times that he had ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June but backed off after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to resign.

Asked about the report as he entered the conference center, Trump said: “Fake news, folks. Fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories.”

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