(Jan 19) — The world's elite flocked back to the Swiss ski village of Davos this week, celebrating the post-pandemic return of the World Economic Forum. But among the assembled billionaires, bankers, politicians and philanthropists, there was a low-level grumble: Where are the Americans?
Among the absentees was President Joe Biden, who presides over the world's largest economy. Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken also were no-shows. Nobody from the White House was dispatched to the summit.
Three Cabinet secretaries attended — Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Trade Representative Katherine Tai. None of them delivered keynote speeches.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen traveled this week to Zurich — just two hours by train from Davos — to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, then left for a previously scheduled trip to Africa.
— Bloomberg Politics