Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Davos "if all things go as expected": White House

Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-23 05:19:41|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump still plans to travel to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week if the federal government reopens as expected, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday.

"If all things go as expected this afternoon with the reopening of the government, which we expect that they will, the president's delegation will leave tomorrow and the president will continue on his trip later in the week," Sanders said at a regular press briefing.

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to advance a three-week funding bill to reopen the federal government through Feb. 8 after Democrats and Republicans reached a deal to end the three-day shutdown.

The Senate and House of Representatives are expected to have final votes on the stopgap spending bill later in the day.

The WEF is slated to take place on Jan. 23-26, focusing on creating a shared future in a fractured world, the theme of the gathering.

The event will see a congregation of world leaders, including more than 40 heads of state and government, apart from business magnates all over the world.

Trump, who is expected to address the forum on Friday, will be the first sitting U.S. president to attend the summit in person since Bill Clinton in 2000. Last year, the then Vice President Joe Biden attended the event.