(Bloomberg) — Grounded in Washington by the government shutdown, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered a Trump-style speech by video to the Davos summit defending disruptive politics, touting U.S. economic strength and claiming foreign policy successes.
“New winds are blowing across the world,” Pompeo said in the long-distance address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “The central question is this: Do they signal fair weather or foreshadow a storm. Is this pattern of disruption a force for good or not? I’d argue this disruption is a positive development.”
Pompeo had planned to be at Davos, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, but their travels were canceled in deference to the partial U.S. government shutdown, now in in its 32nd day with little evidence that an end is in sight.
Even as Pompeo approvingly cited upheaval “in Ohio, Rio de Janeiro and in Rome,” he boasted that “the unleashing of animal spirits has allowed” the U.S. economy to grow “even as the global slowdown looms.”
Moments before Pompeo spoke, President Donald Trump tweeted about his own absence from the summit.
“Last time I went to Davos, the Fake News said I should not go there,” Trump said. “This year, because of the Shutdown, I decided not to go, and the Fake News said I should be there. The fact is that the people understand the media better than the media understands them!”