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Trump's first foreign trip has high stakes at each stop

Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 19:54

Trump declared Thursday that he's the subject of the "greatest witch hunt" in political history after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel to oversee the investigation into the Trump team's ties to Russian Federation. And there are likely to be more developments back in Washington even as he's overseas. The itinerary, which begins Saturday in Saudi Arabia, is a startlingly ambitious excursion for a president who dislikes travel and has displayed a shaky grasp of foreign affairs. Obama's agenda and announcements on those trips were completely overshadowed by the campaign.

Among the critics awaiting him is Emmanuel Macron, the new French President who vowed to take the President to task on climate change after Mr Trump endorsed far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

There's essentially no escape from domestic politics for presidents no matter where they are.

The US is also supporting the military aggression led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, which has led to high civilian casualties and a severe humanitarian crisis. Thus, the first leg of his trip, at least, Trump is less likely to hear about these things from his hosts.

"They're ready for reengagement with America", he said.

As he prepared for his first trip abroad at president, President Trump promised that his mission overseas would be to keep America safe.

Trump is known to be a homebody, someone who greatly prefers sleeping in his own bed, golfing at his own courses, dining at his own properties.

Speaking on May 18 in Washington, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will accompany Trump, told reporters the trip was a signal to the world that the United States was "reengaging" with numerous world's problems.

This trip will take the president out of his comfort zone. How will he adapt?

Also, The Associated Press reports that caterers in Saudi Arabia will have the option of steak with ketchup (the president's preferred meal) in addition to local cuisine.

The Trumps will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium, and the trip includes an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The trip was billed as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions while creating face time with Arab, Israeli and European leaders. "We believe that this summit is going to focus the world's attention on the need to work together in partnership in order to defeat the scourge of terrorism and the ideology behind it", Jubeir said. This is a battle about good and evil.

He explained that Saudi Arabia "is committed to the peace process in the Middle East on the basis of United Nations resolutions, on the basis of the two-state solution, with the principle of Jerusalem for everyone", adding that "resolving this conflict requires thinking outside the box and creativity".

Trump is expected to be welcomed warmly by leaders in Riyadh and Jerusalem, but lingering questions over his views on the Iran nuclear deal, commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation security and skepticism of the Paris climate agreement could generate tension at meetings with European counterparts in Brussels and Sicily. Now that he's president he says it isn't obsolete.

"I'll speak with Muslim leaders and challenge them to fight hatred and extremism, and embrace a peaceful future for their faith", Trump promised ahead of the trip.