President Trump gave his much-anticipated address Friday to fellow world leaders at the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, and he stuck to a familiar theme: "America is open for business, and we are competitive once again." In the speech, Trump made the case that the US economy is buzzing thanks to policies put in place since his election. Politico and USA Today have excerpts. Some of the other big lines:
- "As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like the leaders of other countries should put their country first also. But America first does not mean America alone."
- "We have the best colleges and universities in the world, and the best workers. Energy is abundant. There is no better time to do business with America."
- "The stock market is smashing one record after another."
- "We support free trade, but it needs to be fair and it needs to be reciprocal ... in the end, unfair trade undermines us all."
- "Our immigration system is stuck in the past," he said, again calling for a merit-based system to replace "chain migration" of families.
- On the Trans Pacific Partnership, which the US pulled out of under Trump, the president said he is willing renegotiate terms with members, per the Wall Street Journal.
- On North Korea, he called for "maximum pressure to de-nuke the Korean peninsula," per the Guardian.
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