Trump expected to attend World Economic Forum in January: reports

Trump expected to attend World Economic Forum in January: reports
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE is expected to attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, according to multiple reports.

Bloomberg News and Reuters both reported that Trump plans to attend next month's gathering of business and political leaders, which is scheduled for Jan. 21-25.

The White House declined to comment on the matter.

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Trump attended the gathering of global elites in 2018, but he skipped the event this year when a prolonged government shutdown stretched into January, though a host of administration officials still made the trip.

The U.S. typically sends a delegation to the summit, but Trump and former President Clinton are the only two presidents who have attended while in office.

The White House has been careful in recent years to manage the optics of Trump's attendance at the summit given he campaigned on a populist message aimed at working class voters. Officials have defended the forum as an opportunity to push the administration's economic agenda.

Next month's trip may coincide with a Senate impeachment trial, though the exact timing of that proceeding has yet to be determined. 

The House is expected to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.