The announcement that US President Trump is to visit Switzerland later this month to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, has prompted mixed reactions. While a spokesman for the Swiss government said it was “delighted” that President Trump was coming to the mountain resort of Davos, centre-left politicians have made their displeasure clear.
Government spokesman André Simonazzi tweeted that Swiss President Alain Berset had expressed a desire to meet Trump at the WEF meeting in eastern Switzerland.
Details of the visit to Davos, the first ever of a US president, would be worked out between the two sides in the coming days, he said.
Meanwhile, the youth wing of the Social-Democratic Party SP is calling on the government to prevent the visit and has begun collecting signatures to a letter to the Federal Council, Blick reported.
It said the Social Democrats had also launched a Facebook campaign to oppose the visit.
It was calling on “all those who see Trump’s policies as posing a danger to progress, security and the environment” to sign the online petition.
The Graubünden branch of the SP said in a statement that the US president was free to visit, but this did not mean he was welcome.
A left-wing protest group, Campax, has also launched a petition against the visit and is planning to stage a demonstration, Blick said.
In Davos itself locals are rejoicing at the prospect of Trump’s visit, the paper said, with shops and restaurants hoping to serve the US president and his entourage.