TRUMP’S SCHEDULE TODAY
8:40 a.m. EST: President Donald Trump arrives at the World Economic Forum Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland.
8:45 a.m.: Trump will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom.
9:45 a.m.: Trump will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
12:10 p.m.: Trump will meet with Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
12:30 p.m.: Trump will attend a reception hosted by Schwab.
1:40 p.m.: Trump will have dinner with European business leaders.
3:15 p.m.: Trump will return to his hotel.
TRUMP IS WILLING TO MEET WITH MUELLER: From the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “President Trump said on Wednesday that he was willing and eager to be interviewed by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, insisting that he has done nothing wrong. ‘I’m looking forward to it, actually,’ Mr. Trump said of talking to Mr. Mueller, answering months of speculation over whether he was willing to submit to questions from the special counsel, who is also believed to be looking into whether the Trump campaign aided Moscow’s effort and whether the president sought to thwart the inquiry itself. ‘Here’s the story, just so you understand,’ Mr. Trump said during an impromptu question-and-answer session with reporters in the West Wing. ‘There’s been no collusion whatsoever. There’s no obstruction whatsoever, and I’m looking forward to it.’ Mr. Trump suggested that his efforts to defend himself against damaging allegations had been unfairly misinterpreted as wrongdoing. ‘You fight back,’ he said, and such a response is characterized as, ‘“Oh, it’s obstruction.”’”
TRUMP IS OPEN TO PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS: From the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Katie Rogers and Michael D. Shear: “President Trump said on Wednesday that he is open to a path to citizenship after 10 to 12 years for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, days after rejecting a bipartisan plan with that as its centerpiece. Mr. Trump once again seemed to undercut his administration’s message, telling reporters at the White House that he would allow the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, to ‘morph into’ citizens over a period of time. The reporters had gathered for a briefing from a senior official detailing the administration’s plans to stick to a restrictive immigration agenda when the president dropped in unprompted, shortly before departing for Davos, Switzerland, pre-empting the official. ‘Over a period of 10 to 12 years,’ Mr. Trump said, ‘somebody does a great job, they work hard — that gives incentive to do a great job. Whatever they’re doing, if they do a great job, I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of, after a period of years, being able to become a citizen.’”
TRUMP IN DAVOS: From POLITICO’s John F. Harris and Matthew Kaminski, reporting from Switzerland: “President Donald Trump will arrive here Thursday to be greeted politely by global elites who commonly regard him as a buffoon. What has come as a surprise to many of those people is how much they are learning to live with — and in some cases even enjoy — the Buffoon Presidency. However much the typical Davos habitué disagrees with Trump’s rhetoric on free trade and global integration, these are supremely practical types. One year into Trump, they are accommodating themselves to a changed power reality.”
TRUMP AND THE DOLLAR: From POLITICO’s Ben White: “The Trump administration declared a surprising war on the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, breaking from a long tradition in which top American officials generally voice support for a strong American currency. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shocked Wall Street by lauding the impact a weaker dollar can have on U.S. companies as it makes exports cheaper for other countries to buy.”