Trial won’t stop ‘re­laxed’ Trump


The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Wash­ing­ton

‘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

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