Rep. Kevin McCarthy revealed he had “dinner” with billionaire Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum in 2018 during remarks he made on a panel with Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, a shipping heiress of Chinese descent.
McCarthy attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2018, the same year 45th President Donald Trump spoke to the elite group of wealthy businessmen, politicians, and journalists.
During a 30-minute panel discussion with Chao, formerly Trump’s Secretary of Transportation, and Kirstjen Nielsen, formerly Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, McCarthy remarked on having “dinner” with Schwab during the World Economic Forum while describing what “America First” means to the audience.
“As I sat around Klaus’s dinner last night, what’s interesting is the number of countries who are now talking about their tax system,” said McCarthy while suggesting that Trump’s “America First” message meant tax cuts, economic reforms, and strong borders.
McCarthy’s remarks during the panel discussion appear to represent an attempt to develop an understanding between World Economic Forum attendees and Trump, with McCarthy serving as communicator to translate Trump’s pro-America policies into jargon the international body could understand.
In one moment, against claims that Trump’s economic tariffs would hurt American consumers, McCarthy defended him by asserting that he is “more concerned about my community having jobs over the next decade.”
He also defended Trump’s bombastic persona, noting that “You have to raise the temperature, just as other presidents have done in the past” in order to “get the debate going” with foreign leaders.
McCarthy is publicly listed as a member of the World Economic Forum on its website – they refer to him as the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives – and the Internet archive suggests he has been affiliated with the elite body since at least January of 2016.
It may be particularly noteworthy that McCarthy appeared at the World Economic Forum alongside Chao, who repudiated Trump and his administration in strong terms after January 6. More recently, Chao interviewed with the January 6 committee.
In the same statement Trump used to double down on his support for McCarthy and call for an end to the ongoing Speaker showdown in the House, he also derided Chao.
“If Republicans are going to fight, we ought to be fighting Mitch McConnell and his domineering, China loving BOSS, I mean wife, Coco Chow,” wrote the 45th President.
In an earlier statement, Trump stood by McCarthy and promised Republicans that “Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB” if the House GOP gives him the gavel.
This revelation is unearthed by Valiant News as McCarthy remains unable to garner the necessary votes to become the next Speaker of the House at press time.
This news and commentary by Tom Pappert originally appeared on Valiant News.