Trial won’t stop ‘relaxed’ Trump
IMPEACHMENT: PRESIDENT SETS OFF TO SKI, MEET LEADERS
‘Every world leader sees me and says ‘What have you done?’’.
Far from feeling the heat, President Donald Trump will be chilling in Davos, a fancy Swiss ski resort, when the Senate hears opening arguments in his impeachment trial next week.
Trump is so confident that his Republican Party majority will stay loyal that he sees no risk in jetting to Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum on Tuesday, as lawmakers convene for the historic trial.
“I’m going to be going to Davos. I’ll be meeting the biggest business leaders in the world, getting them to come here. I’ll also be meeting with foreign leaders,” Trump told reporters at the White House as his trial formally began on Thursday.
The contrast in settings will be extreme.
In Washington, Democratic lawmakers will argue that Trump is a corrupt leader who abused his power by trying to strong-arm Ukraine into a fake investigation aimed at tarnishing a top election rival, Joe Biden. They’ll call for his removal from office.
More than 6 800km away, Trump will swagger through Davos as the forum’s unquestioned star.
Davos is where the world’s movers and shakers gather each year for informal discussions on weighty issues. Detractors call it a talking shop for outof-touch billionaires and celebrities, and this year most major international leaders are staying away.
The field will be clear for Trump to do what he does best: tout his achievements and suck up the attention.
“We are booming,” he said. “There’s nothing even close.”
“Every world leader sees me and says ‘What have you done? This is the most incredible thing that we’ve ever seen.’”
Although the 2020 Davos theme is climate emergency, complete with an appearance by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, Trump has little belief in global warming.
He’ll “take on the perils of socialism,” top advisor Kellyanne Conway said. “He’ll continue to talk about the stock market, getting Nato members to pay up to provide for security, and also talk about the global economy.” The businessman shocked the Republican establishment when he sought the 2016 nomination.
Mitt Romney, the unsuccessful Republican nominee, dismissed the real estate tycoon as having “a character unfit for the leader of the free world”.
What a difference three years in the White House makes. Today Trump is the undisputed king of the Republican Party.
Polls indicate watertight Republican voter support for Trump. Less than 10% of Republicans want him thrown out of office. – AFP
A character unfit for the leader of the free world