Trump to attend annual economic forum in Davos, Switzerland

President Donald Trump, left, arrives to address the nation on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump plans to attend a global economic forum in Switzerland this month, making up for an appearance he canceled during last year's record-long shutdown of the U.S. government.

The annual World Economic Forum, held in the popular ski resort of Davos, attracts wealthy, high-profile business and political figures, along with academics and other leaders of society.

Trump's Jan. 21-22 appearance will mark his first time on the world stage since he authorized the U.S. military to kill Iran's top military commander.

It will also be Trump's first trip outside of the U.S. since becoming only the third American president to be impeached, and the first one to carry that mark into a reelection campaign.

Trump will address the gathering about two weeks before the first voting in the process that will determine his Democratic opponent in the November election.

The Democratic-controlled House impeached the Republican president on grounds of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his dealings with Ukraine. Trump awaits a trial in the majority Republican Senate, which is not expected to vote to remove him from office.

Trump insists he did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and argues that the permanent blotch of impeachment is unwarranted for a president with his record on the economy and other issues.

He is expected to pitch that record later this month during his second appearance at the Davos forum.