Trump escapes Washington for Switzerland and brags about the economy.

Trump escapes Washington for Switzerland and brags about the economy.

Trump escapes Washington for Switzerland and brags about the economy.

Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

On the day that the Senate begins his impeachment trial in earnest, President Trump is 4,000 miles away on a snowy mountain, talking trade and the global economy.

Mr. Trump arrived in Davos, Switzerland, at 2:21 a.m. Tuesday morning to address the World Economic Forum — slipping out of the Washington circus surrounding what he calls the “hoax” taking place in the Capitol.

The president did not mention impeachment in his 30-minute speech to the chief executives, celebrities and heads of state at the Alpine gathering. Instead, in remarks that felt like one of his campaign rallies without the red-meat, he bragged about an economic success in the United States “the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

He implicitly slammed climate change proponents — including teenager Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish activist — calling them the “heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers.” But he did say the United States would join an initiative to plant one trillion trees around the globe.

Asked whether Mr. Trump was planning to watch any of the impeachment trial, Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said: “He has a full day here in Davos, but will be briefed by staff periodically.”

Democrats are livid about the proposed trial rules.

Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

The impeachment trial for President Trump will reconvene Tuesday afternoon with a raucous debate over proposed ground rules for the proceedings unveiled Monday night by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader.

Mr. McConnell’s proposal includes the following provisions: (1) House prosecutors and Mr. Trump’s defense team each get 24 hours over two days to argue their cases; (2) evidence collected by the House could be admitted into the record only by a majority vote; and (3) Republicans have the option to make a motion to dismiss the trial before arguments from either side are heard.

Democrats quickly attacked Mr. McConnell’s proposed rules as little more than what they called a “cover up” that would shorten the trial and allow the president’s allies to refuse to admit evidence collected by the House about Mr. Trump’s actions. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, promised to offer a “series of amendments” to alter them.

If it is adopted, Mr. McConnell’s resolution will also provide 16 hours for senators to ask questions after they hear presentations by the House prosecutors and the White House defense team. That would be followed by four hours of debate on whether to seek additional witnesses or other evidence. If no witnesses are called, the Senate would move quickly to deliberation and a final vote on the articles of impeachment.


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