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President Trump Delivers Opening Remarks at the World Economic Forum

1-21-2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2020 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA OF THE SWISS CONFEDERATION BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING Davos Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland 4:14 P.M. CET PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, thank you very much, everybody. And we'll be having a meeting largely based on trade -- President of Switzerland and representatives from Switzerland. And we have a tremendous relationship. We're working on other matters also that are very interesting. But today we're going to be discussing largely trade with Switzerland. They'd like to do an agreement, and we'll see what we can do. And thank you all for being with us. Thank you very much. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: Thank you, Mr. President. So, welcome. A warm welcome to you, to your delegation. We're very glad to have you here. We are glad to continue our contact. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yes. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: You had a contact with my predecessor last year at the -- PRESIDENT TRUMP: That's right. That's right. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: -- (inaudible). And you know that Switzerland President has only for one year. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: So you can see the diversity of Swiss Presidents. (Laughter.) We have different languages. Mr. Parmelin, he will be the President next year. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right. Wow. Good. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: And you can talk French to him. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good. (Laughter.) PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: And Mr. Maurer is speaking German. Afterwards, it will be Mr. Cassis; he's Italian speaking. We have female, we have male Presidents -- PRESIDENT TRUMP: That's very good. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: -- different cultures that makes part of Switzerland. So, very glad to have had this talk. On our diplomatic channels, we agreed on three main issues to talk about: our bilateral relations, including good offices in Switzerland, of course. Then, as well, on our economic ties we have -- and also something which is concerning everybody: global warming. I think it's worth also to talk about that -- PRESIDENT TRUMP: Sure. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: -- because as the Minister of Environment as well, it's for me also something that is every day on my agenda. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: So we have a lot to talk about. I'm very glad -- PRESIDENT TRUMP: We look forward to it. PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA: Okay. Thank you. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Q Mr. President, can you say what you and President Macron agreed to? Can you say what you and President Macron agreed to? PRESIDENT TRUMP: We had a very good conversation. It worked out very well. The U.S. is very happy with the result, and we appreciate very much what President Macron did. Thank you. END 4:17 P.M. CET