Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial

Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial
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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 planning to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week, a trip that is likely to coincide with the start of his impeachment trial in the Senate.

“He is scheduled to go, and we're prepared to go, but we'll see what happens,” White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters at the White House Wednesday.

Gidley said that Trump is “absolutely” comfortable traveling out of the country while his trial is taking place.

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“You’ve seen what the president has been able to do while the House is doing its best to play politics and ignore the needs of the American people,” Gidley said.

“The president is focused on doing his job, focused on making the lives of all Americans better,” Gidley said, accusing House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (Calif.) and other Democrats of focusing “on their own selfish political desires.”

The White House previously announced that the presidential delegation attending the annual economic forum in Davos from Jan. 20-24 would include White House advisers Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial Lawmakers introduce bill to bolster artificial intelligence, quantum computing Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens Kushner: When you work for Trump 'you don't make the waves, he makes the waves' Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations Treasury watchdog to investigate Trump opportunity zone program MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTrump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial Let's remember the real gifts the president has given America Welcome to third-world democracy and impeachment MORE and other top officials.

Trump himself is scheduled to attend between Jan. 21-22, according to The Associated Press.

Trump skipped the economic forum last year because of the ongoing government shutdown.

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The House voted Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress to the Senate, paving the way for a trial likely beginning next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.) predicted this week that the Senate trial would begin on Tuesday. 

The White House is expressing confidence ahead of the trial in the GOP-controlled Senate. A senior administration official told reporters Wednesday that the White House didn’t expect the trial to extend beyond two weeks, characterizing Democrats’ case as weak. 

Brett Samuels contributed.