Trump to Attend Davos Forum Amid Impeachment, Iran Concerns

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U.S. President Donald Trump will head to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting next week amid a looming Senate impeachment trial and concerns over his handling of relations with Iran.Trump’s attendance at the Jan. 21-24 event in Davos is his first since 2018. The U.S. didn’t send a delegation last year due to a government shutdown. This year’s group also includes Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

In the list released by the WEF on Tuesday, there’s no entry for Iran, which is dealing with rising protests following the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane last week. President Hassan Rouhani is under intense international pressure over the incident. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is still scheduled to attend.

Other figures heading to Davos include European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. A host of central bankers are going, including Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde and Bank for International Settlements chief Agustin Carstens.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to skip the event, which is the 50th anniversary of the WEF’s annual meeting, though Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is due to take part.

This year’s theme will be “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”

“We will use this special birthday to address head on the urgent global challenges facing us,” said WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab. “The world is in a state of emergency and the window to act is closing fast.”

The gathering will also include Hong Kong’s beleaguered Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, and Vice Premier of China Han Zheng.

–With assistance from Catherine Bosley.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bryce Baschuk in Geneva at bbaschuk2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Simon Kennedy at skennedy4@bloomberg.net, Fergal O’Brien

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