Trump Making First Overseas Trip in Late May
Trump’s first foreign trip is coming later in his presidency than any president since Lyndon B. Johnson, who waited over 10 months after President John F. Kennedy was killed to travel overseas.
In Saudi Arabia, the president will meet with “leaders from all across the Muslim world“. Abbas noted that demand when he joined Trump at the White House.
In his first 100 days, former President Barack Obama had visited nine foreign countries.
He will end his trip in Brussels with a visit to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on May 25, followed by a meeting at the G7 summit in Sicily. Those stops were announced earlier this year.
Politico first reported the details of the trip.
“The Trump administration, as you heard from (Secretary of Defense Jim) Mattis, wants to be supportive of the coalition in Yemen because they understand that this is a. conflict that involves Iran”. Trump on Thursday signed an executive order promising “regulatory relief” for groups with religious objections to the requirement.
“We thought that was very important because obviously people have tried to portray the President in a certain way”, said a senior administration official.
“I don’t think this administration is about rhetoric”.
Speaking on Thursday, Trump said that he would use his trip to strengthen interreligious cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
“As we look at the violence around the world – and believe me, its violent; I get to see it perhaps better than anybody – we realise how truly blessed we are to live in a nation that honours the freedom of worship”, Trump said.
Despite this and a so-called “Muslim ban” being put in place by Trump, Gulf states appear to have warmed to the new president. Senior sources told Reuters that Mr Trump was expected to meet the Pope on May 24. “We are hoping to achieve peace between now and then”, the official said.
Trump will discuss with Abbas “ways to advance peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, as well as efforts to unlock the potential of the Palestinian economy”, it added.
Another aide suggested that the Iran nuclear deal Obama negotiated, which swapped sanctions relief for a nuclear rollback, was an element in what the aides claimed was new regional enthusiasm for Trump.
After receiving a lot visitors at the White House, President Donald Trump is getting ready to make his first foreign trip as president. Trump, at this stage, hasn’t accepted, though a person close to Trudeau said he doesn’t feel snubbed.
Francis hasn’t commented on Trump’s presidency other than to say, on the day of his inauguration, that he’d take a wait-and-see approach. The president noted it was the custodian of the two holiest Islamic sites. Trump did not visit one. “The question is whether he generates them on his own”.
Faggioli thinks that if pope and the president can find common ground, it might be found in Syria, which he called “the biggest global crisis for the Vatican today”.
Trump’s maiden voyage overseas will look different than Obama’s global forays for other reasons as well.
The NATO visit is also a significant stop for the president’s first foreign swing.
The president is committed to “better lives for children across all major religions”, another senior official explained. He will most certainly hand over a bound copy of “Praise Be” to Trump at the end of the audience.