At Davos, Trump rejects climate crisis, lauds US economy and fossil fuels

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January 22, 2020 - 10:22 AM

President Donald Trump speaks at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Photo by (Guo Chen/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)

DAVOS, Switzerland — President Donald Trump sharpened his break from the international community at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, boasting about fossil fuel production and American economic success at a summit dedicated to fighting climate change and fostering global cooperation.

Trump cited positive economic statistics — a soaring stock market, record low unemployment and factory openings — that he hopes will boost his reelection chances and overshadow the Senate impeachment trial underway back in Washington.

“Today I’m proud to declare that the United States is in the midst of an economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before,” he said in remarks that often sounded more like a campaign speech than an address to global leaders.

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