- The meeting will take place from January 21 to 24, and Trump is scheduled to attend the first two days.
- This will be Trump's first visit abroad since he ordered the killing of Qassem Soleimani and was impeached.
- The US has justified the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and called it self-defense.
US President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later in January. Last year, the President didn’t attend the meeting because of the record-long federal government shutdown. The annual World Economic Forum Summit, held in the popular ski resort of Davos, attracts high-profile businessmen and politicians, as well as academics and other community leaders.
The meeting will take place from January 21 to 24, and Trump is scheduled to attend the first two days. Trump’s participation will mark his first appearance on the global stage since he ordered the US military to kill Iran’s top military general, Qassem Soleimani, on January 3. The visit to Switzerland will also be Trump’s first trip outside the United States since the House of Representatives impeached him in December.
Trump is the third president in US history to be impeached. Trump was accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats believe Trump was trying to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s business interests in Ukraine. Biden is currently in a bid to become the Democrats candidate in the November 2020 presidential election.
In Trump’s speech at the World Economic Forum in 2018, he assured the audience that his agenda of prioritizing the United States ahead of everyone else could work well in global cooperation.
Soleimani Killed in Self-Defense
Elsewhere, the US has justified the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and called it self-defense, in a letter from US Ambassador Kelly Craft to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. In the letter, the US ambassador also emphasized that the United States is ready to take further action in the Middle East, “if necessary,” to protect the American workforce and interests. The ambassador also writes that the US is “ready to enter into serious negotiations with Iran with “with the goal of preventing further endangerment of international peace and security or escalation by the Iranian regime.”
According to the United States, the killing of Qassem Soleimani on Friday last week in Baghdad was justified under Article 51 of the UN Charter. Article 51 deals with the right to individual or collective self-defense in the event of an armed attack against a member of the UN. According to Article 51 of the UN Charter, a Member State is required to “report immediately” to the UN Security Council if it has exercised its right of self-defense.
The United States also used Article 51 in 2014 to justify actions against the militant group Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Ambassador Kelly Craft says Soleimani’s death and US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on December 29 were “a response to an escalating series of armed attacks by Iran and Iranian-backed militias in recent months against US forces and interests in the Middle East.” According to Craft, the goal was to discourage Iran from carrying out or supporting attacks as well as impairing its ability to carry out attacks.