Trump calls first trip overseas 'home run' as challenges await

Trump calls first trip overseas 'home run' as challenges await

However, the visit also brought to light the fact that Melania Trump is the first Catholic first lady in the White House since Jackie Kennedy.

President Donald Trump on Saturday concluded a nine-day swing through the Middle East and Europe that marked his first foreign travel as president - a significant milestone for a head of state also considered the leader of the free world.

His whirlwind foreign trip over, President Donald Trump is facing old and new political and policy challenges at home.

"The mood of Article 5, the idea that we are all in this together, is not the mood he conveyed", said Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) on Monday called on President Trump to fulfill his campaign promise in relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, days after introducing a slate of pro-Israel legislation. His lawyer said Kushner will cooperate with investigators.

While overseas, Trump's longtime attorney, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.

Daniela Schwarzer, research director at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin, said the trip had confirmed Trump's "zero-sum game" view of the world in which you are either a victor or a loser and relationships are transactional.

His policy agenda has run into road blocks. The GOP health care bill that passed the House faces uncertain prospects in the Senate, after a Congressional Budget Office analysis that it would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026.

The president will need to defend his budget plan, which has drawn criticism for deep cuts to safety net programs.

But when Trump spoke, he sounded like anything but a typical USA president.

Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, then in Sicily for G-7 - but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands.

Not yet on the agenda: a news conference.

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"The political turmoil back in Washington dominated headlines in the US and cast a long shadow over the start of Trump's trip, which will include stops in Israel, the Vatican, Italy, and Belgium".

The biggest idea of Trump's trip was to reorient US foreign policy in the Middle East against Iran. He discussed US-Saudi relations and notably Islam.

The president tweeted Saturday, "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!"

President Donald Trump and other leaders at the G7 summit on the island of Sicily. Cohn would not commit to a timetable for a decision.

Recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, is starting off an investigation with a broad mandate that will allow him to probe both the possible Russian influence and whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation by firing FBI Director James Comey.

Other G-7 nations leaned heavily on Trump to stay in the deal, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying "we put forward very many arguments".

President Donald Trump launched a salvo against Germany and its vehicle sales in the United States at a meeting with European Union leaders, German weekly Der Spiegel reported.

Trump is seated between Beji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia, and Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger, for his first meeting of the day. Cohn stressed Friday that the president was simply being critical of the US trade deal with Germany.

But in his lofty praise of the Saudi royal family, through his numerous meetings with Arab authoritarians and in his speech to the assembled leaders, Trump did not raise human rights issues, instead promising "we are not here to lecture" - delivering a realpolitik view of USA alliances.

"We're thrilled to be here right now and we're getting on that very big plane and we're heading back to Washington and the United States", Trump added.

Trump's meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, came just a day after he vowed to investigate a leak of intelligence to the American media about this week's deadly bombing at a concert in England. He also refused to explicitly endorse the mutual defense agreement that has been activated only once, during the terrorist attacks of September, 2001.

During the meeting, Mr. Trump discussed U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia as being important, participated in the national sword dance with King Salman, and praised Saudi Arabia for working to combat terrorism.

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