Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao arrived in Davos, Switzerland a day before President Trump’s arrival on Thursday.
During a breakout conference Chao told Trump critics if they did not want to listen to the American president they could leave.
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The Hill reported:
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Wednesday that critics who don’t want to listen to President Trump when he attends the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos this week “can leave.”
“Davos should feel very flattered that he has chosen this as a forum,” Chao said at a panel discussion, according to Politico. “Those who don’t want to listen to him can leave.”
When Trump travels to the Swiss Alpine resort town this week, he will become the first U.S. president in nearly two decades to attend the World Economic Forum, a gathering of powerful finance and business officials largely considered aligned with the free trade and globalism that Trump and his aides have derided.
But Chao defended his decision to attend, saying on Wednesday that the president was doing so in order to engage world leaders on issues of economic importance, Politico reported.
The last U.S. president to participate in the gathering in Davos was Bill Clinton, who attended in 2000.