Trump at the World Economic Forum: How objective was the coverage?
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Trump at the World Economic Forum: How objective was the coverage?

January 26, 2018

The Raw Data

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Trump gives speech at World Economic Forum to business and political leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the World Economic Forum on Friday in Davos, Switzerland. At the forum, an annual meeting of business and political leaders, Trump met individually with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with British Prime Minister Theresa May. He then met with European business executives Thursday night, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Swiss President Alain Berset on Friday.

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Top Spin Words

  • Chorus of criticism

    The chorus of criticism of Trump’s commercial policies is unlikely to sway Trump, especially when recited by governments that often maintain more trade barriers than the United States. (AP)

  • Nervously

    World nervously watches Trump’s Davos debut (Politico)

    While his style still stirs nervousness, the president seemingly sought to smooth a rift with the U.K. and focus on U.S. achievements. (Politico)

    Still, Trump’s bombast continues to stir nervousness and the president is not generally highly regarded among those flocking to the Swiss ski town this week. (Politico)

  • Bark turns into bite

    There is broad concern in European capitals that 2018 could be the year Trump’s bark on trade turns into bite, as he considers punitive measures on steel and threatens to end the 90s-era North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. (Reuters)

  • Rattle

    But while Trump’s particular style of politics continues to rattle the international political and economic types who regularly attend Davos, the first year of his presidency seems to have calmed some, at least in the latter group. (Politico)

  • Bombastic

    While Trump’s bombastic style, unpredictability and willingness to diverge from the norms of past White House occupants has seemingly injected doubt into U.S. relationships around the globe, the president’s stridently pro-Israel positions have strengthened the bond between the two nations, which sunk to a low point during the Obama administration. (Politico)

  • Brash

    European leaders came to the defense of free trade and global cooperation on Wednesday, laying out a vision to counterbalance what many perceive as a rise in the more brash, nationalistic policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP)

  • Combative

    His combative commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, conceded Wednesday that China could respond by imposing its own tariffs on U.S. products. (AP)

  • Bashed

    Trump, never invited as a businessman, will be the first U.S. president to attend Davos since Bill Clinton in 2000, giving him a chance to mingle with the same elite “globalists” he bashed in the 2016 election campaign. (Reuters)

  • Fears

    Fears of protectionist trade policies by the United States had already pushed the greenback to a three-year low, and Mnuchin’s remark pushed it down further. (Reuters)

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters Thursday America is “more interested” in bilateral trade deals than multilateral ones — stoking fears that Trump’s vow to renegotiate international agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada may not go well. (USA Today)

  • Unsettling

    As Sonia Legg reports, politicians, business chiefs, bankers and celebrities will meet in the Swiss Alps under the banner “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” for the four-day gathering against an unsettling global backdrop. (USA Today)

  • Overshadowed

    Trump’s expected arrival to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday overshadowed the event and many government leaders rushed to stand in contrast with Trump’s policies, particularly his move to revise free trade deals and drop out of a climate change pact. (AP)

  • Anticipating

    Other world leaders here, anticipating that Trump would promote his protectionist trade and isolationist foreign policy views, stressed the importance of free trade and globalization in their remarks. (USA Today)

Fiction
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Fact

Politico

“Trump’s bombastic style, unpredictability and willingness to diverge from the norms of past White House occupants has seemingly injected doubt into U.S. relationships around the globe …”

Trump is the president.

Politico

Trump arrived at the Forum as “a man on a mission: to demonstrate his prowess on the world stage.”

Trump tweeted, “Will soon be heading to Davos, Switzerland, to tell the world how great America is and is doing.”

Reuters

“There is broad concern in European capitals that 2018 could be the year Trump’s bark on trade turns into bite, as he considers punitive measures on steel and threatens to end the 90s-era North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.”

Earlier this month the U.S. Commerce Department finished an investigation into steel imports and sent a report with recommendations to Trump. The president has 90 days to review them. Separately, Trump has said he would renegotiate NAFTA.

USA Today

“China, which often is accused of protectionism to shield its domestic market, also boasted of its globalist credentials.”

Liu He, a Chinese economic policy official said, “We have broadened access to our financial markets and taken the initiative to increase imports.”

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