Soldiers of the Swiss army build protection fences for the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in front of Steigenberger Belvedere hotel in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland, January 11, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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The Swiss Alpine town of Davos is used to celebrities and high-rollers, but even it is relishing the new challenge posed by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to attend the World Economic Forum this month. Trump's visit to Davos for the annual meetup of global political and business leaders will be the first by a sitting U.S. president since Bill Clinton came in 2000 .The tenor in Davos this week was upbeat, with many confident that a robust security contingent – up to 5,000 soldiers if necessary alongside about 1,000 police – can handle any furor surrounding Trump's presence.Although U.S. officials are already in Switzerland preparing for Trump's arrival, details of his trip, such as whether he will even spend the night during the Jan. 23-26 event, were under wraps.Heinz Brand, who represents Davos in the Swiss Parliament, hopes Trump arrives in the mood for discussion, not a fight.
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