I’m going to Davos, Trump speaks out as Senate begins impeachment trial. Far from feeling the warmth , President Donald Trump will be chilling in Davos, a flowery Swiss resort , when the Senate hears opening arguments in his impeachment trial next week.
“I’m planning to be going to Davos. I’ll be meeting the most important business leaders in the world, getting them to return 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 are going to 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 toward tarnishing a top election rival, Joe Biden. They’ll call for his removal from office.
More than 4,200 miles (nearly 6,800 km) away, Trump will swagger through Davos as the forum’s unquestioned star.
Davos is where the world’s movers and shakers gather annually for casual discussions on weighty issues. Detractors call it a talking shop for out-of-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 ever done? this is often the foremost 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 push his own agenda.
He’ll “take on the perils of socialism,” top adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters Thursday.
“He’ll continue to mention the stock market, getting NATO members to pay up to provide for the common security, and also talk about the world economy.”
Not so long ago, Trump might have been more nervous about leaving his fate in the hands of Republican lawmakers.
The upstart businessman shocked the Republican establishment when he sought the 2016 nomination.
Mitt Romney, the unsuccessful Republican nominee from 2012, dismissed the real estate tycoon and television show performer as having “a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the Free World .”
Another senator, Mark Kirk, branded candidate Trump a “malignant clown.”
What a difference three years in the White House makes.
Moderate old timers in the mound of Romney or the Bush political dynasty are marginalized. Fiercely partisan, fiercely loyal Trump acolytes are the norm.
Behind the scenes, Republican lawmakers sometimes express distaste for the president’s style or frustration at his policies, but publicly they march in lockstep — and nobody more so than Senate leader Mitch McConnell.
Whatever McConnell and the rest of the party think privately, polls indicating watertight Republican voter support for Trump give them no margin for man-oeuvre in the impeachment trial — unless they want to risk losing their own jobs.
The country at large is split evenly on whether Trump should be thrown out of office, but but 10 percent of Republicans want that to happen.
There’s little doubt that McConnell, the iron leader of the 100-seat upper chamber, will be ready to keep his majority of 53 in line for Trump.
“What he wants, he’s going to get,” Conway said. “To be acquitted and exonerated and not convicted, not removed from office — and re-elected.”