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Ivanka Trump to take part in presidential trip

Ivanka Trump to take part in presidential trip

The details emerged as people close to the President anxious that he may not be able to stick to the script and avoid more problems as he heads out on his first foreign trip.

That was before he fired his Federal Bureau of Investigation director - and the chain reaction of scandal that followed.

"This trip combines so many different things and actors that the question is going to be what's the message that he wants to communicate when he's out there", said Lanhee Chen, who advised Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2012 and Marco Rubio's in 2016.

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.

After arriving Saturday, Trump will participate in a ceremony before having coffee with King Salman, Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster said this week. "He's already a president viewed skeptically by much of the world".

"When you have sort of this combination of all the politics and the questioning about the decision on the Comey front, plus this communication stuff, plus there not being a whole lot of interlocutors for foreign governments, the question that is raised is: how are national security decisions made in this administration?" said Richard Fontaine, the president of the Center for a New American Security in Washington and a former foreign policy adviser to Sen. USA allies have been rattled by his warnings about pulling back from the world.

European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reflected the cynical view of Trump's views by threatening to "break up" the United States by encouraging OH and Austin, Texas, to split from the rest of America after Trump praised British plans to leave the EU and predicted that other countries will follow Britain leaving the union. Last week, he added new layers of complication by disclosing classified intelligence to a longtime adversary.

In Israel, Ivanka Trump - who converted to Judaism when she married husband Jared Kushner - will visit the Western Wall with the president.

Still, Trump hasn't been eager to seize the opportunity. That's an echo of Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, who addressed Muslims in Cairo in his first major speech on foreign soil.

The president's travel comes on the heels of a number of highly publicized controversies, including the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey.

State Dept expresses "concern" over Turkish officials' attack on protesters
The statement said that the US communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms". They "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

Trump will later meet with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu before a private dinner.

His trip begins Friday with a stop in Saudi Arabia, followed by planned visits to Israel and the Vatican.

The information, about an IS threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from Israel and there were concerns a valuable Israeli asset could be in danger, a USA official said, requesting anonymity to discuss the sensitive material.

Foreign leaders are playing a guessing game trying to determine whether Trump's positions will veer in a more radical direction favored by his controversial chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who's pressed for the dismantlement of the Iran nuclear deal, the end of the One China policy, and the transfer of the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

In Rome, the president will call upon Pope Francis, the popular, liberal-minded pontiff.

In Brussels, Trump will attend a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the World War II-era alliance which Trump has repeatedly mused about abandoning because member states weren't paying their fair share. Key parts of the group are unsettled by Trump's unpredictability and his willingness to cheer on nationalist sentiment.

"This has to go well", one official involved in the planning of the trip said on Tuesday evening.

"He strongly believes that it is the strength of the faith of people in these religions that will stand up and ultimately be victorious over these forces of terrorism", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Saudi Arabia is holding the event under the slogan Together We Prevail, in hopes of fighting extremist ideologies and co-operating with United States and Islamic allies to strengthen economic relations.

While some Middle East leaders will likely greet Trump warmly, he could receive a far cooler reception in Europe. 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.


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