WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s first international trip, a five-stop marathon in the Middle East and Europe, has long had as its first crucial test in the country for the chaos-president of the court.
That was before he was fired from his FBI director and the chain reaction of the scandal that followed.
Now, with the eyes of the world upon him, the president will embark on his long journey carrying the baggage of serious problems at home. As he tries to calm allies ‘ concerns about his “America First” message, he will be followed by the consequences of his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of a special counsel to probe the president’s campaign ties with Russia.
“There has never been a president who his or her first international trip is haunted by a scandal like this,” said Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “He is already a president viewed skeptically by a large part of the world. And while the photos of the trip is great, the White House can’t change the news that will follow him wherever he goes.”
Trump’s trip was always going to be dramatic. U.S., allies upset by his warnings about to withdraw from the world. He is charged with the insistence of a united front against the terror, relying on a number of the same corners of the Islamic world that he has tried to the United States with travel bans. Last week he added new layers of complication by disclosure of classified intelligence to an old opponent.
Still, the White House once hoped the journey, wrapped in the trappings of diplomatic protocol, may offer a chance at a reset after a tumultuous first four months in office. Trump’s advisors saw it as an opportunity for the United States to be courageous to reassert itself on the world stage and resume a leading role to take that the government was of the opinion, away from the throne by President Barack Obama. Trump’s powerful senior adviser, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who led a West Wing of the team to craft the calendar, laden with religious symbolism.
Still, Trump is not all too eager to seize the opportunity. It’s been more than half a century ago that a president waited so long on his first foreign trip. The route, which begins on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, is a particularly ambitious trip for a president who hates travel, and is displayed in a shaky understanding of foreign affairs.
Each stop is provided with a high bet.
In Saudi Arabia, the president — whose campaign was marked by heated anti-Muslim rhetoric and that the government has tried to establish a travel ban from different Muslim-majority countries — will deliver a speech to the Islamic world with the intention of making a clear contrast with the vision of Obama explained in his first visit to the region.
In Israel, Trump will meet with Israel Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to smooth over fresh tensions. Israel was in turmoil earlier this week after U.S. officials confirmed Trump shared highly classified intelligence on the Islamic State group with a high-ranking Russian officials visit the White House. The information about a threat in connection with the use of laptops in the plane, originating from Israel and there were concerns for a valuable Israeli asset can be in danger, a U.S. government official said, requesting anonymity to discuss the sensitive material.
The national security advisor, H. R. McMaster is added to the alarm by refusing to declare that the Western Wall a part of Israel. The U.S. policy means that the property of the holiest place where Jews can pray, as with the rest of Jerusalem, is subject to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
In Rome, the president called on Pope Francis, the popular, liberal-minded pope. Trump denounced Francis during the campaign, the call of the holiest man in the Catholic faith “disgraceful” for questioning his faith.
In Brussels, Trump will attend a meeting of the NATO, the World War II-era alliance that Trump has repeatedly thought about leaving, because states are not paying their fair share. He has recently moved to reassure wary allies that he remains committed to the pact.
And on the island of Sicily, the president will meet with the other leaders of the G7, a meeting of the Western economic powers. The main components of the group are unsettled by Trump’s unpredictability and his willingness to cheer on the nationalistic feelings.
Trump of the route is heavy with religious symbolism. He will a visit to the birthplace of Islam, the Jewish homeland, and the Vatican. Officials say the message is “unit”.
“He is convinced that it is the power of the faith of the people in these religions will rise and eventually triumph over these forces of terrorism,” Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said.
Officials believe that the sudden movement of going to Saudi Arabia first was intended to emphasize the seriousness of the commitment of the United States to combat extremist groups like the Islamic State. Trump, whose condemnations of Iran have been received by the saudis, would the conflict not as one between the West and Islam, but between good and evil, according to his assistants.
While some Middle East leaders are likely to greet the Trump of hearts, he a much cooler reception in Europe. Although Pope Francis has said that he would “never have an opinion about a person without hearing him out,” others on the continent have sharply criticized Asset. That in France the newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, who denounced Trump’s musings on leaving Paris climate treaty, likely to be a point of discussion in Sicily.
Trump’s dedication led to thousands of protesters to fill the streets of several European capitals, chaotic scenes that could be repeated during his stops in Rome, Brussels and Sicily.
“Welcome to the White House abroad,” said Ari Fleischer, President George W. Bush’s former press secretary. “This is a great opportunity for the president to change the subject, to the real news. But the disadvantage is that it can be dominated by domestic-style questions. … Every first trip is over-scrutinized. The whole world is watching.”
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