While Democrats continue to waste America’s time by pressing their impeachment case in the Senate, President Trump is pushing forward with the business of the people by setting a full agenda of meetings with important counterparts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Trump’s focus is on the Middle East, with meetings planned with the leaders of Iraq, Pakistan, and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Audrey Wilson writes at Foreign Policy:
Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: U.S. President Donald Trump appears at Davos.
With the Davos appearance, Trump’s advisors hope to show that the trial isn’t distracting the president from his duties.
Who will Trump meet? The White House has released a list of leaders that Trump will meet, including Iraqi President Barham Salih, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Nechirvan Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government. The meetings come as anti-government protests resume in Iraq and amid hostilities between the United States and Iran.
Trial rules. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate votes today on ground rules for the impeachment trial laid out by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: that each side would be given 24 hours to present their case, beginning on Wednesday. Trump’s lawyers have also called for a quick trial: In a brief filed on Monday, his legal team called for the Senate to “swiftly reject” the two impeachment charges and acquit the president.
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