President Donald Trump has sought to sell the United States to the global business community, telling an economic conference in the Swiss Alps that America's economic turnaround has been "nothing short of spectacular".
Trump addressed the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday hours before his historic impeachment trial was to reconvene in the US Senate in Washington.
Trump reminded the audience that when he spoke here two years ago, early in his presidency, "I told you that we had launched the great American comeback."
"Today I'm proud to declare the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before," the president said.
Trump's participation in the annual gathering of political and business elites in the Alpine ski resort will provide a conspicuous split-screen moment in a presidency familiar with them.
The two-day Swiss visit will test Trump's ability to balance his anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage.
Speculation had mounted that Trump would cancel the trip due to the Senate trial, but aides said he remains focused on producing results for the American people.
"America is thriving. America is flourishing and yes, America is winning again like never before," Trump said before talking about a newly-signed trade deal with China and a pending trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.
Trump also spoke of record low unemployment, stock market gains and millions removed from unemployment.
However, immediately after his speech was criticised by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz for misrepresenting the economy and for failing to tackle climate issues.
Stiglitz voiced his frustration at Nr Trump's failure to address head on the climate emergency, beyond a commitment that the US will join an initiative to plant a trillion trees worldwide.
Mr Stiglitz said: "He managed to say absolutely zero on climate change.
"Meanwhile we're going to roast."
Swooping in for his second appearance at the conference, Trump was set to depart on Wednesday, jetting back to Washington, which is consumed by the impeachment trial.
Trump denies any wrongdoing and argues that Democrats want to remove him from office because they know they can't deny him re-election in November.
He would be forced to leave office if convicted, but the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to acquit him.
Australian Associated Press