President Donald Trump’s Friday speech at the World Economic Forum will highlight American successes and international engagement while calling for cooperation between nations towards common goals, a senior Trump administration official told the pool of reporters traveling with the president.
The official said the president’s speech will last roughly 15 minutes and highlight three main points: that “America is open for business,” “America’s engagement with the world” and “calls to the international community.”
“He's approaching this as an opportunity to tout America's economic successes,” the official said, adding that the speech is "in part a way to articulate America's engagement in the world."
Trump himself was the “guiding light” for the speech, the official said, including on its outline and on certain phrases.
“Expect the president to talk about his policy reforms and accomplishments,” the official said, including how the Trump administration’s efforts at deregulation and the tax bill signed into law last year have made the U.S. “a more competitive and attractive place."
At the annual event, where free trade and globalism are championed, the official said Trump would characterize his skepticism towards multilateral trade deals as the U.S. "enforcing the rules of the road ... so all countries, all nations, all people can benefit." Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has threatened to remove it from NAFTA, will express a "commitment to free and open markets but on terms that are fair and reciprocal,” the official said.
The president will also urge international cooperation on shared priorities, including reigning in the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and combatting Islamic State militants, the official said. “You may pick up on sort of a theme, a vision of free and sovereign nations cooperating toward shared goals,” the official added, declining to specifically preview the president’s language on North Korea.