President Donald J. Trump took a victory lap for the strength of the U.S. economy on Tuesday, telling the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that a “great American comeback” was under way as the U.S. Senate debates removing him from office.
“I told you we had launched the ‘Great American comeback.’ Today, I’m proud to declare the United States is in the midst of a great economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” Trump told a packed room of top business leaders, academics, and government officials.
Back in Davos, Trump declared that “despite all of the cynics, I had never been more confident in America’s future. I knew we were on the verge of a profound American economic resurgence.”
Amid a U.S. jobs market where unemployment sits at a 50-year low, he boasted that 7 million jobs had been added during his term, “a number unthinkable.” He also characterized what he called “America’s stunning turnaround” as a “blue-collar boom.”
“The American dream is back — bigger, better, and stronger than ever before,” he said. Trump also highlighted the “Phase One” deal both China and the U.S. agreed to just last week. He added that when the trade deals and massive deregulation kick in there’s “tremendous potential for the future.”
He added: “The time for skepticism is over.”
However, the global economic confab begins under a cloud of uncertainty and pessimism about the world economy. A new PwC survey revealed that CEOs from across the globe are showing record levels of pessimism about the economy, with 53% expecting a decline in economic growth in 2020. The International Monetary Fund also slashed its own expectations for global growth.
The president asserted that China’s “predatory practices were undermining trade for everyone” and “no one did anything about it except to allow it to keep getting worse and worse and worse.”
Trump said phase two trade negotiations “are starting very shortly” and that “most tariffs will remain in place” for those talks. He added that the U.S. relationship with China today has “never been better.” He said his relationship with Xi Jinping is “extraordinary” and that both men “love each other.”
Trump’s speech was the most anticipated session of the 50th World Economic Forum, with participants and the media lined up at early as 9 a.m. local time. Every seat in the Plenary Hall of the Congress Center was filled, leaving standing room and some overflow rooms only for attendees.So, to sum up:
1) The American Economy is booming.
2) CEO leaders from "across the globe" are pessimistic, indicating that the economies of the rest of the world are not doing as well as America's.
3) The Davos hall is packed with world leaders looking to get a glimpse of the man who has turned America around.