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Although our colleague Scott Horsely , was also there in Davos noticed that one of the introductory videos to this event included images of women’s march in Washington DC protests against the President.
You know that has been the fundamental contradiction I I think when I talk to people here. Nobody really wants to say anything and most people don’t say anything positive about President child they want to express their anti Trump bona fides . However , when you look at how he’s treated and how he’s talked about other than directly mean there’s you know stories sessions will stop panelists will stop mid-sentence people queue up an hour and a half just to get a selfie with him and I mean the reason is the incredible boost in the global economy . I mean the record attendance here which is the price of the membership ticket is now gone from 500,000 to $750,000 . There was no no blink in that there’s a lot of credit . The people give Trump for the stock-market boom . So you know it’s funny . In the speech , he said . The stock market is smashing . We added 7 trillion in new wealth . But a lot at 7 trillion went to the people in this conference . The global elite .
So a mix of resentment and appreciation and some contradictions. They had to be managed within the President‘s speech as well as listen to some of that , of course , President . Trump has said that he favors a policy of America first he’s attacked other nations for unfair trade and sending too many immigrants , but here he is at Davos reaching out to the world and he tried to harmonize those 2 ideas , let’s listen .
America is the place to do business. So come to America where you can’t innovate create and build . I believe in America as President of the United States . I will always put America first . Just like the leaders of other countries should put their country first , also .
But America affairs does not mean America alone when the United States grows , so does the world American prosperity has created countless jobs all around the globe and the drive for excellence creativity and innovation in the US has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and far healthier lives.
President Trump speaking today in Davos , Switzerland. Tamera Keith is with us here listening in Washington and tempers I listen to that . Well I’m thing about a bit of history and thinking about the Marshall Plan . The idea of enlightened self-interest that the US said that helping other nations will ultimately help the United States . Is this the opposite idea being promoted by the President .
You could argue that certainly end.
And other countries are being told to help us. It’ll be good for you .
Right that what’s good for America is good for the world and one fascinating thing that’s happened during the President‘s time at Davos is you know one of the first actions he took as President of the United States was to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal this multi-nation trade deal and yeah Davos he’s been saying well , you know , I’d be open if it was a better deal to maybe renegotiating it you know we , we could do that , you know , one on one deals or we could maybe just renegotiate with everybody which is fascinating and and definitely a change from what he had said before.
Because there was this long process that resulted in an agreement that the President pulled out of.
Yeah. But here’s the thing : the rest of the world is kind of moved on . It’s like a relationship , there’s a break up and now President Robert Blake America‘s back we we we came for this relationship and the rest of the world we wanna dinner when we were moved online . Yeah , I mean you clearly . He said that explicitly he actually talked about the fact that the American had pulled out of the TPP and now he’s like , well , actually if if if these individual can put countries wanna make a deal . We consider that bilaterally , but even as a group , which is essentially what he walked away from the TPP . Yeah .
Well , I think is so interesting about is open for business kind of message I mean here at Davos. People think of it is panels talking about shared quote climate change and shared futures and things like that , but if you go outside just outside the panel about globalism , you find a promenade where one after another . India House Ukraine house Indonesia pavilion everybody is saying we’re open for business where the best place to invest and present trumps language was exactly that we are competitive . Now again now’s the time to bring your business to the United States , we have the best colleges . He sounded like somebody out on the street in Davos not somebody inside you know upon the Magic Mountain , although it’s a different but yes not how American presidents usually speak here . So .
Although he did add some tough language as well and let’s listen to just a little bit more of that.
We cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others. We support free trade , but it needs to be fair , and it needs to be reciprocal .
Because in the end unfair trade undermines a song. The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices .
Gregory Warner when you’re in Davos hearing people from around the world. Do you hear a lot of willingness from other nations to give the United States better trade terms .
I mean I think there is the contradiction here you’re exactly talking about , I mean trade work with the President said. This you can’t argue with it when you trade with somebody you should try to make sure that you get a good deal and his statement America first does not mean America low alone . You know when the US a gross that’s that’s what people did wanna hear , but the fact is that , you know , fair and reciprocal trade when he’s talking about that that’s a contradiction with what he’s asking for when he asks for support with Iran sanctions and Isis in a D to Korea because what I’m hearing from ambassadors here is that they are already building up their defense systems . The Canada filed a WTO case against you know it’s it’s there in the TPP partnership of course took so there’s a sense in which the ship is moving without America and we need to figure out how to make it alone without America and that means less influence for American .
And you know what’s not clear is what the President really truly means by fair and reciprocal trade because it hasn’t been tested yet there are negotiations going on regarding NAFTA the free trade agreement right now in North America and we don’t know the result.
So I want to make sure that we talk about the awkwardness underlying this , which is a New York Times story that we mentioned a few moments ago , a New York Times story stating that back in June of 2017 President Trump gave the order to fire. Robert Mueller , the special counsel who’s investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and he was only dissuaded from that because as White House counsel , said . No , I’m not gonna pass on that order I will resign , first in the President backed away , according to the Times . How’s the President responding to this term working .
Yeah. According to The Times , and some other publications NPR has not confirmed it ourselves at the way the President responded as the way he responds to a lot of things . He said that it’s fake news that the New York Times is fake news . And so , you know , the President has in the past said that a lot of things are fake news that aren’t actually fake , but this is a a remarkable moment .
How much pressure having covered this White House. From the beginning . How much pressure is the White House is the staff . Perhaps the President himself under at this moment . How much do they feel it .
Well , here are some numbers 20 White House staff have been interviewed by Robert Mueller’s team that’s a lot of people. So you know every few days are gonna have one of your colleagues going into talkin talk to investigators and of those people . 8 of them are in the White House counsel’s office and the White House Council is the one who according to these reports refused to fire mullet .
Done again. Okay . Tama , thanks very much . Really appreciate it . You’re welcome . That’s NPR’s Tamir Keith . We also heard from NPR’s Gregory Warner in Davos . Thanks to you . Thank you and Davos of courses where President Trump told the world , the United States .
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