(Fox News) -- What did you expect? An orange-haired gorilla to hop around onstage? An unhinged maniac to threaten nuclear war, a la Kim Jong Un? No. What attendees at the Davos hug-fest saw on Friday was a calm, controlled Donald Trump, in charge of his message, which was, simply: America is no longer your patsy.
The president stuck to his script, ticked off the accomplishments of his first year in office, offered to be a friend and trading partner to the rest of the world, but left no doubt: his job is to put America First.
"This was an economic forum and this was an economic message,” says former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore, who now leads the American Opportunity Foundation. “He’s recognizing American strength and growth and in the end that’s what will allow America to play its proper world in the world.”
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The immediate, reflexive sniping in the mainstream media was inevitable. “Trump Booed at Davos,” headlined the Huffington Post, while conceding that some of the catcalls came from journalists – not exactly a barometer of public opinion. Trump’s chief nemesis, the New York Times, said the president was “seeking to reconcile his America First protectionist stance with a call for free trade and foreign investment.”