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Watch Trump Barely Able to Read From Teleprompter and Get ZERO Applause During Davos Speech

Donald Trump boasted of U.S. economic might to a room full of billionaires and global business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, as his impeachment trial was set to get underway in Washington.

The president delivered a rather droll and boring 30-minute address to attendees at the World Economic Forum, where he credited his administration’s agenda of cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and imposing tariffs to secure more favorable trade deals with fostering a booming domestic economy.

Basically, he tried to take credit for everything.

“This is not a time for pessimism, this is a time for optimism,” he told the business leaders, many of whom have been uneasy about Trump’s “America First” approach.

“Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous joy, and hope, and optimism and action,” he added. “But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers… and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen.”

While other leaders who addressed the forum devoted time to discussing climate change and global collaboration, Trump’s speech mostly amounted to a laundry list of his administration’s accomplishments, adding “a nation’s highest duty is to its own citizens.”

But it doesn’t seem the audience cared much for Trump’s speech as they didn’t applaud or make any noise whatsoever:

Trump cited record low unemployment rates for various minority groups; pointed to rising wages for young workers; highlighted a spike in manufacturing jobs; mentioned newly passed family leave for federal workers; touted recent trade deals with China and Mexico and Canada; and boasted of U.S. oil and gas production.

“Today, I urge other nations to follow our examples and liberate your citizens form the crushing weight of bureaucracy,” Trump said.

The president described the economic gains as a “blue-collar boom” that has strengthened the middle class and lifted many out of poverty. That message has been strongly contested by Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination, all of whom insist the Trump economy has disproportionately benefited wealthier Americans and exacerbated income inequality.

But Trump had a terrible time reading from the teleprompter. If it’s not a white-trashed filled rally, Trump just isn’t able to give speeches:

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