Impeachment, Trump said, was “just a hoax. It’s the witch hunt that’s been going on for years. And it’s — frankly, it’s disgraceful.”
Trump refused to respond to follow up questions on the Senate trial that will decide his fate.
Ivanka Trump declined to answer questions from CNN about her father’s impeachment trial, despite having several opportunities to do so. She silently stepped down a staircase among other forum attendees and walked away. Her husband, and fellow senior White House adviser, Kushner whisked past reporters, dashing from meeting to meeting, without stopping for questions.
As he crossed a crowded corridor, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted Trump was not distracted by the impeachment trial in Davos.
“Not at all. Not at all,” Mnuchin said.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross simply ignored impeachment questions as he moved past reporters. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, as well as acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and national security adviser Robert O’Brien largely stayed out of public view.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who has yet to hold a traditional briefing in her role, told reporters Trump would be updated by aides on developments from the trial.
Has he spent much time watching impeachment coverage?
“No,” she responded.
Visitors roaming the corridors of the World Economic Forum often found themselves rubbing elbows with the likes of climate activists Greta Thunberg and former Vice President Al Gore.
Gore, who attended one business meeting with Trump, was also tight-lipped about his encounter with the President.
“No comment,” the politician turned environmentalist responded when asked about the meeting.
As Trump arrived in Davos, he was touting his own record on the environment, a subject he seemed more willing to tackle than impeachment.