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

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

US President Donald Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia in his first foreign trip since taking office.

The kingdom hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims annually at holy sites in Mecca and Medina - a fact that Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, noted when announcing Trump's decision to visit Saudi Arabia first.

Shortly after assuming his role as the national security adviser, McMaster pleaded with Trump not to use phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" in the president's major speech to Congress.

News reports later said Trump in February tried to pressure Comey into dropping the probe into Trump's first national security adviser, who had reportedly lied about his Russian Federation communications. That prompted a stampede of reporters from the White House briefing room into the lower press gallery of the White House, where Trump's first-line defenders had few answers but an abundance of anxieties about their job security. The intelligence reportedly came from an Israeli spy in Syria.

The disclosure that Trump divulged classified intelligence to Russian officials that had been provided by Israel was another blow to a besieged White House staff recovering from the mishandled firing of James B. Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Mr Trump's views on the Iran nuclear deal - which is now under a United States government review - could cause tensions during the European portion of the visit.

"We thought that was very important because, obviously, people have tried to portray the president in a certain way, but I think that what he wants to do is solve the same problem that a lot of the leaders in the Islamic world want to do", a senior administration official told ABC News.

"At least I can say that I went", Trump told The New York Times a year ago.

'Trump summit will ensure Iran behaves normally': Saudi FM
President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. In fact, Trump is the first president since Jimmy Carter whose first foreign destination wasn't Mexico or Canada.

Last year, Mr Trump slammed the country as a "money machine" that did not "reimburse" the United States for its support, then used a presidential debate to attack Hillary Clinton's acceptance of funding from Saudis, who he described as "people that push gays off buildings [and] kill women".

Experts are also watching to see if Trump will signal any significant change in USA policy toward the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in particular the disputed status of Jerusalem.

The President embarks on a journey Friday to Saudi Arabia, Israel and global summits in Italy and Belgium, after one of the most tumultuous and damaging weeks any President has had to endure.

And in Sicily, the president will meet with the other leaders of the G7, a gathering of Western economic powers.

He repeatedly complained that members didn't contribute enough resources, and that the United States was shouldering too much of the alliance's burden. That said, the leaders in Saudi Arabia and some of the other Gulf states that President Trump will be meeting with are not as obsessed with this as, say, the media and many in America are.

As soon Trump leaves Washington he will be heading for the deep end of global geopolitics.

"Many of the leaders, particularly in the part of the world we'll be traveling.are ready for a period of what they view to have been neglect to outright dismissal of their concerns".

Trump generated controversy as a presidential candidate with his call that Muslims be banned temporarily from entering the United States.


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