(CNSNews.com) – On the eve of the opening of the U.S. Senate impeachment trial, President Trump left the White House to fly to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on Monday night with a thumbs-up and an exultant tweet, pledging to bring back “hundreds of billions of dollars” to the U.S.
Trump ignored reporters’ calls to stop and talk – they had to settle for a thumbs-up and brief fist pump – before he boarded Marine One to fly to Andrews Air Force Base.
“Heading to Davos, Switzerland, to meet with World and Business Leaders and bring Good Policy and additional Hundreds of Billions of Dollars back to the United States of America!” he tweeted. “We are now NUMBER ONE in the Universe, by FAR!!”
As Air Force One headed for Europe, Trump posted on his Twitter feed an 85-second video clip, featuring excerpts from his inauguration speech exactly three years ago, including such lines as “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” “America will start winning again, winning like never before,” and “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”
Over his words, a list of administration accomplishments were touted, relating to job creation, the economy, energy and trade deals, the appointment of judges, protection of religious minorities, among others.
He took credit for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, rebuilding the military, destroying ISIS, and the deaths of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last October, and Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani early this month.
Above the embedded video clip, Trump tweeted, in upper case: “THE BEST IS YET TO COME!”
In fewer than three hours, the clip had been watched one million times.
Last month Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. Voting almost entirely along party lines, Democrats impeached him for “abuse of power” over his dealings with Ukraine, and for “obstruction of Congress.”
The Senate impeachment trial is due to get underway at 1 PM eastern time on Tuesday – about seven-and-a-half hours after Trump is scheduled to deliver an address in Davos.
His visit to the annual meeting of business and political elites will provide the opportunity for some of his first exchanges with world leaders since the January 3 airstrike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani, a high-profile figure held responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops in Iraq and untold thousands of Syrians in the civil war in that country.
According to the White House, during his one-day visit to the four-day event he will hold bilateral meetings with Iraq’s president, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, and Pakistan’s prime minister.
One person Trump will not encounter in the Swiss Alps will be Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Although a fixture at Davos in recent years, Zarif canceled this year’s attendance at the last minute.