Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial

Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report 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 PelosiPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Pelosi, Democrats using coronavirus to push for big tax cuts for blue state residents US watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after intel official fired 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 TrumpPrivate equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPrivate equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report Decentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump eyes additional funds for small businesses impacted by pandemic Decentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response Progressive group knocks McConnell for talking judicial picks during coronavirus MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTariffs on imported oil: A bad idea at the wrong time Tourism industry estimates 4.6 million travel-related jobs lost due to coronavirus 2020 census to run ads on 'Premio lo Nuestro' 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 McConnellPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Progressive group knocks McConnell for talking judicial picks during coronavirus Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill 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.