The Swiss military is stationing 4,377 troops in and around Davos, Switzerland, to provide security for this year’s meetings at the World Economic Forum, which is set to be headlined by U.S. President Donald Trump.
General Aldo Schellenberg told The Associated Press that the number was not changed following the announcement that Trump would be the first serving U.S. president to attend in nearly 20 years. He also said the security detail is similar to that provided in the past few years.
Around 93 percent of the military on display are conscripts. The Swiss air force is providing 2,580 troops, while 1,600 are infantry and 187 are from the military police.
In light of the heavy snow that’s falling around Davos, military and police officials are not sure how many people are preparing to protest against Trump’s visit.
There is some uncertainty about Trump’s attendance, however, in light of the government shutdown in Washington, D.C.
The founder of the World Economic Forum has told The Associated Press that he hopes President Donald Trump’s planned visit to a gathering of world decision-makers and elites in Davos later this week will “provide him even better with a global perspective.”
Klaus Schwab declined to comment whether the U.S. government shutdown might spoil Trump’s plans to attend the event in the Alpine snows and deliver a speech on Friday.
Schwab said Monday: “It’s good to have the president here, if the snow conditions and the situation in Washington allow us.”
The White House has said Trump plans to detail his “America First” policy in Davos.
More than 60 heads of state and government, plus hundreds of business leaders, academics, policy advocates and celebrities are expected for the Tuesday-Friday meeting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.