Donald Trump likely to meet Macron in Davos: White House

Trump will be the first sitting US president to attend the Davos meet since Bill Clinton in 2000More

CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett pressed Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMark Mellman: History's judgment Trump's motorcade greeted with chants of "lock him up" in NYC Treasury watchdog probes lack of tax plan analysis from Mnuchin MORE during the White House daily briefing on why the president would attend the forum, which he described as a "hangout for globalists".

The two leaders also spoke over phone ahead of their Davos meeting.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said Trump seeks to "advance his "America First" agenda with world leaders" at the conference.

During the call, Trump underscored that Iran must stop its "destabilizing activity" in the region.?

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 would be held from 23 to 26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

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"The American team will go over first and talk about the economic strategy", Mnuchin said Thursday of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which President Donald Trump and top economic advisors will attend later this month.

Over a dozen administration officials will attend the summit with Trump including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. We are thrilled that the president is coming.

He railed against free trade deals that he said robbed Americans of their jobs, and pledged to always look out for "America first".

This week, the White House said Trump would attend the event, which carries a reputation as a gathering of wealthy figures. "We have obviously been very clear with the Chinese on the issue that we have with the trade deficit, making sure that USA companies can compete fairly".

"I don't think it's a hangout for globalists", Mnuchin said, using a term popularized by the nationalist wing of the Republican Party.

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