Donald Trump And Greta Thunberg Will Compete For The Spotlight In Davos

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the young climate change activist Greta Thunberg will attend this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which every year brings together billionaires, politicians, bankers, academics and executives.

The diversity of views in Davos 2020 will be highlighted on the opening day when President Donald Trump and climate change activist Greta Thunberg compete for the spotlight.

Thunberg was due to arrive by train on Monday, while Trump will land Tuesday in the presidential helicopter, Marine One.

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Thunberg will speak at a panel at 8:30 a.m. and then again at 1:00 p.m. Those appearances will fit Trump's opening address at 11:30.

So, will they meet in the corridors of the conference center? Do not bet on that. Remember that last September, Trump passed by a dazzling Thunberg when they both addressed the United Nations.

Both will attract large crowds. Davosians always want to hear from a president of the United States, while climate change is the hottest topic of this year.

As he did in 2018, Trump is likely to praise his record of maintaining economic growth and the interim trade agreement last week with China as a vindication of his 'America first' agenda. The audience will also be interested in their geopolitical views after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani in Iraq by the United States increased tensions in the Middle East.

Trump may be happy with the trip abroad and the opportunity to show his arguments for his re-election, after the legislators in his country are in a political trial against him.

As for Thunberg, he returns to Davos after warning last year that "our house is on fire." The 17-year-old said last week that she will deliver the message that "she hasn't seen anything yet."

Delegates may be more receptive to that message now after the World Economic Forum last week put environmental concerns at the top of their list of long-term risks.

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