Worldwide effort set to keep Trump happy on 1st trip abroad

19 Mai, 2017, 18:57 | Author: Marc Bacque

Trump's mid-May departure is three months later than George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama, whose first foreign trips were in February, shortly after their inaugurations. Bush first traveled to Mexico, Obama to Canada -- a decision typically seen as an honor reserved for America's c. As scandal talks grow at home, Trump is licking his wounds, spurning his critics, and looking for approval from foreign leaders who admire him for being a tough guy. It would offer a sort of lifeline: a chance for Trump to arrest rising anxiety about his capacity to fill the role as leader of the free world.

On Sunday, the United States president will join Saudi King Salman and other Muslim leaders for the summit that aims to combat extremism and promote moderation, Jubeir said. In a speech, he is expected to say that the Mideast struggle isn't between Islam and the West, but between good and evil.

"There has never been a president taking his first global trip being dogged by scandal like this", said Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. He is scheduled to hold a summit with Arab and Muslim leaders on Sunday. Instead, the official said, the president and his team are confident that the substance of the trip - including major national security and business announcements - will generate headlines that can push Comey, Russia and the appointment of a special counsel off of front pages.

The US president's visit to Riyadh begins on Saturday.

On issues big and small, Trump has repeatedly flipped back and forth between isolationism and interventionism, and world leaders are eager to find out which perspective will emerge on a trip that is already being viewed with trepidation by foreign policy experts.

Those around him will be hoping he doesn't create a new one while he's away.

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"It's kind of do-or-die", said one official, referring both to the staff and stakes for the President.

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.

In Washington, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said there is growing bipartisan concern in the Senate about the Trump administration's "unconditional level of support" for the Saudis and their military operations in Yemen.

Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington who how is a deputy minister for diplomacy, said mutual antipathy toward Iran could be the key. We're going to Israel.

Richard Nephew, a Columbia University scholar who was the State Department's lead sanctions expert during the Iran nuclear negotiations, said Trump's trip has many potential pitfalls. Find us on Facebook too! That includes France's newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, who denounced Trump's musings on abandoning the Paris climate treaty, a likely point of contention in Sicily.

His first deadline fell this week, related to sanctions on oil purchases through the Iranian central bank - part of a 2012 law called the National Defence Authorisation Act - that must be waived every 120 days. "To the contrary, prioritising America's interests means strengthening alliances".

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