USA president Donald Trump is sending at least half a dozen of his cabinet members to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos later in January.
The president told the Wall Street Journal that he wants to be a "cheerleader" for the American economic success story in the first year of his administration.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin denied that the summit in Switzerland was a "hangout for globalists" and said that the Trump administration wanted to promote their economic message. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will also attend.More news: US Army challenging nickname of NHL's Las Vegas franchise
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The White House on Thursday announced an unusually large presidential delegation for the trip this month, including seven Cabinet secretaries and several high-ranking West Wing officials, among them Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. "And the president will talk a lot about his economic program and the impact on the global economy", Mnuchin said.
Trump won the White House on a populist platform that criticized what his campaign described as a class of entrenched politicians and business executives who do not look out for the interests of working people.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement announcing the move that Trump "welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders."Trump's decision to attend the forum came as a surprise to many". Last year, before he was inaugurated, none of Trump's aides or Cabinet nominees attended the conference.