While President Donald Trump was in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF), he invited a number of influential European CEOs to dinner. The prestigious gathering turned out to be a major success, with every last one of the business leaders doing the same exact thing while at the table with Trump.
It should come as no surprise at this point to hear that President Donald Trump did some major winning in Davos this week. Indeed, his track record just one year into his presidency is one marked by major success and records set. Still, what happened during a dinner Trump held for European CEOs in Switzerland will have you applauding.
“I will always put America First. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their countries first. But America First does not mean America alone,” President Trump declared in Davos, adding that “when the United States grows, so does the world.”
“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,” the President continued.
According to The Daily Caller, a senior administration official previewing President Trump’s speech told reporters it will deliver three principles. “First is that America is open for business again, in the sense that there’s been no better time to build, to invest, to hire in the United States,” said the official.
“The second theme that I think that you will hear the President speak to relates to America’s engagement in the world,” they added. “Finally, I think you’ll hear the President articulate a vision of free and sovereign nations cooperating towards shared goals — peace, security, prosperity.”
While President Trump’s remarks at the WEF went off with a bang, his biggest win unfolded during a dinner for European CEOs. Heads of companies like Nestle, Novartis, and Adidas were at the table, where they expressed their growing confidence in American business now that Donald Trump is at the helm of the country.
In a stunning moment, one by one, European titans of industry went around the table to thank Trump for the passage of tax cuts and the easing of corporate tax burdens. Almost every CEO had a new US-based investment or strategic business to announce.
The president of Seimens, Joe Kaeser, said, “Since you have been so successful in tax reform we have decided to develop the next generation gas turbines in the United States.” Trump responded, “That’s great!”
The White House press pool provided a list of all of the influential business leaders who attended President Trump’s dinner in Davos:
- Kasper Rorsted, Adidas (Apparel) — Germany
- Joe Kaeser, Siemens AG (Tech) — Germany
- Heinrich Hiesinger, Thyssenkrupp AG (Industrials) — Germany
- Eldar Saetre, Statoil ASA (Energy) — Norway
- Mark Schneider, Nestle SA (Food and Beverage) — Switzerland
- Vas Narasimhan, Novartis AG (Pharmaceutical) — Switzerland
- Mark Tucker, HSBC (Financial Services) — UK
- Patrick Pouyanne, Total SA (Energy) — France
- Carols Brito, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (Food and Beverage) — Netherlands
- Rajeev Suri, Nokia Corporation (Technology) — Finland
- Punit Renjen, Deloitte (Consulting) — UK
- Martian Lundstedt, AB Volvo (Auto) — Sweden
- Werner Baumann, Bayer AG (Pharmaceutical) — Germany
- Bill McDermott, SAP SE (Technology) — Germany
- Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB Ltd (Manufacturing) — Switzerland
This was, perhaps, the greatest “America First” moment of the entire gathering in Davos this week, yet it is not being reported by mainstream news outlets, which wasted all of their coverage on the WEF by slamming Trump and mocking him for showing up at the prestigious event. The WEF has long been considered a globalist, out-of-touch conference, but Trump’s visit turned the gathering on its head.
President Donald Trump gave us fair warning before he was elected: We just might get tired of all the winning that would take place under the leadership of the Trump administration, he said. Well, he was right about one thing — this rate of economic growth is unlike anything we have ever seen. However, I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing the United States experience such resounding success on the world stage, though. #MAGA