RUHLE: “Talk to me about how the President is being received. Because whether you’re talking Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum or many of the people around him, these are world leaders, but thoughtful world leaders, where good capitalism and conscious capitalism is a major theme. At a time when you have a president who touts deregulation at every possible moment, how are those two things wedded? Because over the weekend, Neil Ferguson put in a ‘Washington Post’ op-ed that while people in Davos may hate the way President Trump conducts himself, the way he tweets, the way he speaks, they love his economic policies.”
VELSHI: “Yeah. And by the way, he is the president of the United States, so they’re not going to snub him. That’s not what they do. Most leaders here are a little bit more traditional in the way they do things. They may have disagreements, but those disagreements aren’t going to be in public. The President got a very warm welcome. Actually I got some people tweeting me, saying, ‘Why don’t you talk about the protesters, too?’ There are no protesters here. There are zero protesters in Davos. You can’t get near Davos. You can’t get anywhere near here.”
RUHLE: “Yes. We need to put in perspective, there are zero protesters. Not because people don’t want to protest. You can’t possibly get there.”
VELSHI: “You can’t get here. A protester couldn’t get here, couldn’t get a room, you can’t buy a ticket in here. So there’s a reason. Not that there’s nobody protesting. You can’t protest at Davos, you can’t get here. That’s one thing. But if you saw what happened when the President came in, people had their phones, they were taking pictures, sort of looked like a rock concert, frankly. That is not to say that it was a warm welcome. It was like a rock star welcome in that, ‘Wow, everybody wanted to see Donald Trump.’ If he comes out this way, it’ll be the same thing. The crowds around Donald Trump are really big. Stephanie, you’ve been here and you know there are world leaders and sometimes they have a small entourage around them and people take pictures. It is totally different with Donald Trump. There were hundreds and hundreds of people around the President as he came in. He’s getting a big reception. Don’t know how warm it is, but it is a big reception. And he’s going to try and cut some deals. We’ll follow it very closely throughout the course of the day.”
RUHLE: “We should point out, it may be a rock star caliber reception, but there’s no rock star stays. No leather pants or shredded t-shirt. He’s still in his classic suit and a blue tie today, not a red one.”
VELSHI: “That’s right.”
>> Imagine if he came to Davos in leather.