It is rare for a USA president to attend the Davos gathering. Since becoming president, Trump has withdrawn from multinational trade agreements with Pacific Rim allies and Europeans and threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if talks with Mexico and Canada don't yield significant changes. Neither George W Bush nor Barack Obama visited the conference.
The first sitting U.S. president to appear in Davos was Bill Clinton in 2000, at the forum's 30th anniversary session.
In an interview on Monday prior to the announcement, Harvard University professor Ken Rogoff identified Trump as a risk to the economic expansion.
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