Trump in Davos: 'I've Been a Cheerleader for Our Country'

By Susan Jones | January 26, 2018 | 9:36am EST
President Trump addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - President Trump touted his business background and his role as "cheerleader" for the United States in Davos, Switzerland on Friday.

He also noted that it wasn't until he became a (successful) politician that the media covering him turned "mean," "vicious" and "fake."

"What experience from your past has been most useful in preparing you for the presidency?" President Trump was asked following his speech to World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


"Well, being a businessman has been a great experience for me," Trump replied. "I've always been good at building things, and I've always been very successful at making money. I'd buy things that would fail, that would be failures, and I'd turn them around."

A few minutes earlier, in his formal speech, Trump emphasized that under his leadership, the United States is once again "open for business."

And if his opponent had been elected in 2016, Trump said he believes the U.S. stock market would have dropped 50 percent instead of rising 50 percent in the past year.

"I really believe that, because they were going to put on massive new regulations -- you couldn't breathe, it was choking our country to death. And I was able to see that, Klaus, as a business person."

Trump said the United States wouldn't have done very well if it went through four or eight more years of regulation "and really a very anti-business group of people."

"We have a very pro-business group," he continued, pointing to all the recent regulation-cutting. "So I think between that and the tremendous tax cuts we've really done something," Trump said.

"I think I've been a cheerleader for our country. And anybody representing a company or a country has to be a cheerleader, or no matter what you do, it's just not going to work. And the reason I'm a cheerleader is because it's easy because I love our country and I think we're just doing really well."

The president told the other business leaders he looks forward to seeing them invest in America -- "a special place. And where you are is a special place, also," he said.

Trump, in response to the question, also mentioned his treatment by the press, which back in the U.S. was making a huge deal of something that never actually happened -- reports that Trump wanted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller in June but backed off when the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out Trump's order.

"And the other thing is, I've always seemed to get a disproportionate amount of press," Trump said. "Maybe somebody will explain one day why, but I've always gotten a lot.

"And as a businessman, I was always treated really well by the press. You know, the numbers speak and things happen. But I mostly had a very good press. And it wasn't 'til I became a politician that I realized how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be. As the cameras start going off in the back room!" he joked.

"But overall, I mean the bottom line, somebody said they couldn't have been that bad because here we are. We're president, and I think we're doing a really good job with my team. I have a team of just tremendous people and I think we're doing a very special job, and I really believe that it was time to do that job."

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