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'America First, Not America Alone,' Trump's New Card At WEF 2018

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| January 27 , 2018 , 14:35 IST

US President Donald Trump on Friday gave his debut speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Trump began his speech giving regards to other heads of states at the forum."It's a privilege to be at this forum where leaders in business, art, diplomacy and world affairs have gathered for many, many years to discuss how we can advance prosperity, security, and peace", he said.

Addressing the global leaders, Trump said that he would always put the United States first when it comes to the trade, but "that does not mean America alone."

Trump gave a sales pitch adding that "the US is open for business" in his inaugural address at Davos adding that the US was more attractive than ever to foreign investment. He continued his attacks on "predatory" trade practices, warning partners that the US would not tolerate unfair trade.

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Trump’s remarks were contradictory to his presidential campaign agenda that focused on America first, aiming to protect the local manufacturers from foreign competition. His speech at Davos was broadly focused on promoting globalisation and co-operation.

Even at Davos, Trump continued glorifying his term and the economic achievements of his Presidency, including the move to cut corporate taxes and lowering unemployment rate.

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Taking credit for the strong economy in the US he urged foreign investors to bring their money, their jobs, their business to America. He added, "I'm here to deliver a simple message- there has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States."

He said, "America is open for business and we are competitive once again."

He tried to strike a balance tempering his national agenda with reassurance to the global leaders that his protectionist vision does not mean America alone.

"When the United States grows, so does the world," Trump said. "American prosperity has created countless jobs around the globe and the drive for excellence, creativity, and innovation in the United States has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and healthier lives,” he added.

Trump hit some of the same nationalist notes that have become hallmarks of his other speeches at international gatherings, calling for secure borders, stricter immigration policies and enhanced national sovereignty, saying that each nation should put its own economic interests ahead of the larger multi-national partnerships.