A woman holds a sign with a portrait of the US president during a protest against his planned visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos RUBEN SPRICH/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump Meets Davos Man

For the global business, financial, and political leaders who gather at the World Economic Forum's flagship conference every January, the news that Donald Trump would be joining them this year must have come as a shock. Why would the world's leading white nationalist enter the lion's den of the "globalist" elite?

MOSCOW – “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad,” so the saying goes, “then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” With his decision to attend this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, US President Donald Trump seems to be taking that message to heart (though he would undoubtedly recoil from any link between the Prophet Muhammad and himself).

For the global business, financial, and political leaders who gather in Davos every January, the news that Trump would be joining them this year must have come as a shock, to say the least. Much of the global elite, exemplified by the Davos crowd, feel deep contempt for Trump, and their disdain has likely been deepened by Trump’s recent racist rants about “shithole countries.”

Yet the conference will undoubtedly have its share of obsequious displays designed to appeal to Trump’s vanity, with participants by turns fawning over him and propping him up as he clumsily attempts to defend the indefensible, starting with his “America First” approach. After all, this is the same crowd that kowtowed to Chinese President Xi Jinping last year, when he fraudulently positioned himself as the world’s new champion of globalization and the rules-based international order.

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