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The White House announced a massive entourage that will accompany President Trump as he meets with global elites at Davos that includes nearly half his cabinet.
Treasury Secrtary Steve Mnuchin will leave the 12-person delegation, that includes seven of Trump's 15 cabinet secretaries.
Mnuchin, a multimillionaire ex-Hollywood movie producer who is married to Scottish actress Louise Linton will lead the economic delegation.
Accompanying him will be the secretaries of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Labor, and Homeland Security, along with the U.S. Trade Representative.
The Trump family will also be represented, with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner attending.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said an economic delegation he is leading to Davos isn't there to 'rub elbows'
However Ivanka Trump – who also did not go on Trump's Asia trip, jetting to the region separately, will not be there.
News of the nearly over-booked government flight flight to Switzerland comes as Mnuchin took pains Thursday to say cabinet members were not jetting to Davos to 'rub elbows.'
'I don't think it's a hangout for globalists,' Mnuchin said, pressed about the trip at a White House press briefing Thursday.
This year's theme for the World Economic Forum is 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.'
general view shows the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland, January 11, 2018
Questioned about the gathering's reputation for joining billionaires and celebrities, Mnuchin said: 'I can assure you that the members of his cabinet have no interest in going over there and rubbing elbows with anybody. This is about meeting business leaders. This is about meeting our counterparts,' he said.
'This is about creating jobs, creating economic growth for the U.S.' Mnuchin continued.
MOBIL: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is joining the Davos entourage
FAMILY AFFAIR: Trump son in law Jared Kushner also gets to go
HIGH ENERGY: Energy Secretary Rick Perry (r) will be there. But former national security advisor Mike Flynn is grounded
LEFT OUT: Ivanka Trump won't be making the trip to the Alpine getaway
'As you know there's tremendous investment in the U.S., okay? There's tremendous trade deals going on. I think we've been very clear and the president has delivered. Look where the stock market is again. The president is delivering for American workers.'
He added: 'So this trip is all business. I can assure you it has nothing to do with anything other than that.'
The White House said Trump would discuss his 'America First' agenda at Davos.
The financial bottom lines of the Mnuchin party won't do much to diminish the reputation of the event as a gathering for the super-rich and influential.
Wilbur Ross' net worth was estimated by Forbes to be $700 million. Tillerson was worth $325 million when he joined the administration. Mnuchin is worth $350 million, according to a New York Times analysis.
Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is worth $24 million.
Perry is worth $2 million.
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