'America First does not mean America alone': Trump at Davos

US President Trump delivers a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 26. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Davos, Switzerland Jan 26, 2018, 01.52 PM (IST)

In his debut appearance at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, US President Donald Trump on Friday offered "America's friendship and partnership" to the world, stating that "America First does not mean America alone."

"As President of the United States, I will always put America first. America first does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world," President Trump told his audience of politicians and leaders of industry, technology and finance.

The US President also told his audience that the though the United States was more attractive than ever to foreign investment under his year-old presidency, there could not be free and open trade if some countries exploited the system.

"We cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others," the US President said.

"We support free trade but it needs to be fair and it needs to be reciprocal. The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices," he said.

President Trump pitched a strong and prosperous America to the world and said the country was "competitive once again."

"The world is experiencing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America. America is open for business and we are competitive once again," he said.

The US President, however, drew boos from the audience, when he attacked the media, calling them "vicious" and accusing them of reporting "fake" news.

"It wasn't until I became a politician that I realised how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be," Trump said, drawing boos from the hall where hundreds of delegates were seated. 

The US President Donald Trump also informed that US-backed coalition forces had won back almost 100 per cent of territory occupied by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Working with allies and partners to destroy jihadist terrorist organisations like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. US leading broad coalition to destroy terrorists' control of their territory. Pleased to inform coalition to destroy ISIS has retaken 100% of territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria," President Trump said.

(With inputs from AFP)


 

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Trump told his audience of politicians and leaders of industry, technology and finance that the United States was more attractive than ever to foreign investment under his year-old presidency.