by Countable | 5.19.17
President Donald Trump left Washington D.C. today on a nine-day trip through the Middle East and Europe to meet with U.S. allies, his first international trip as president. There’s a lot on his agenda, so we’ve broken it down for you below:
The first day of Trumps visit to Saudi Arabia will be focused on a summit with Saudi King Salman, in which they’re expected to announce a $110 billion arms deal between the two nations that’s aimed at making the Saudi military a stronger counterbalance to Iran. The pair will also discuss other regional security challenges like the conflict in Syria, and the Saudi campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.
Day two of Trump’s time in Saudi Arabia will be dominated by a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes the Saudis and five other countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. The day will also feature a luncheon with leaders from over 50 Muslim-majority countries (Iran and Syria excluded) that are being courted for a Saudi-led counterterrorism alliance. According to Politico, Trump will deliver a speech about radical ideology and Islam.
Trump’s first day in Israel will be a busy one, with a trip to Jerusalem alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to visit the World Holocaust Remembrance Center at Yad Vashem, a speech on the U.S.-Israel alliance at the Israel Museum on the schedule. He’ll wrap up the day in private meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which could be tense amid reports that Trump disclosed intelligence obtained through Israeli sources in a meeting with Russian officials.
Day two will bring a visit to Bethlehem in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas (who recently visited Trump in Washington). The pair are expected to discuss next steps in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Trump is expected to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall, where he will say a prayer, before visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Continuing the trip’s trend of visiting places with significance to the world’s major religions, Trump will head to Vatican City in Rome where he will meet with Pope Francis, where the two will try to find common ground on policies like immigration. The Pope had called Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border "not Christian" during the 2016 presidential campaign, which prompted pushback from Trump who said the Pope had unfairly questioned his faith.
While in Rome, Trump will get a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Trump’s day in Brussels will be a busy one that begins in meetings with Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, in addition to Prime Minister Charles Michel. He’ll then stop by European Union headquarters to meet with E.U. and European Council presidents before holding a working lunch with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump will then attend the unveiling of the NATO memorial, which will contain a piece of the Berlin Wall and part of the World Trade Center. Afterwards he’ll be joined by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at a NATO meeting and dinner.
Trump returns to Italy for the final stop on his trip for the Group of 7 (G7) meetings in the Sicilian town of Taormina, which he will use as an opportunity to "press America’s economic agenda and call for greater security cooperation" according to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. He’ll also attend a dinner hosted by the Italian president, and a performance of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra.
Before leaving Italy to return to Washington D.C., Trump will speak to U.S. military personnel at Sigonella Naval Air Station.
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Written by Countable
Out he goes into the world to embarrass us. Hopefully he gets the receptions he deserves. Do you think he'll learn anything? What a waste.
My heart sinks at the thought of President Trump visiting these countries as the leader of the United States. He has said and done such negative comments and acts both toward Americans and other countries' leaders. There doesn't appear to be any research or forethought or preparation for what comes out of his mouth. He often gets historical facts wrong and there often seems to be no facts or backing behind what he says. To add to all that there's still the looming cloud of collusion with Russians. God bless America!
Can y'all just keep him?
Hey, remember when alt-right bros were talking about how Hillary Clinton was going to sell a bunch of arms to Saudi Arabia because she was in their pocket? Good times.
To those of you that sincerely believe Trump is doing a good job. Really? What alternative universe are you living in? How much research did u do on this man before you voted for him? You've called us the "snowflakes" and "special kind of stupid" but I've paid attention to this wack job since the 70's and nothing - ABSOLUTELY nothing he has EVER done suggest he's trustworthy in any way, much less Presidential material. And while you call the rest of us "snowflakes" he's the one throwing demeaning, racist & sexist insults while he gets offended when anyone shows him a fraction of the disrespect he consistently shows anyone that dares disagree with him. Nothing I have heard or read was screened through any specific news media first, it all came straight from the "horses mouth". Read his co-auto biography (The Art of the Deal), go back to articles that existed long before his presidential campaign. Then, maybe - if we're lucky, you'll understand why I sincerely hope he disappears off the face of the earth. Then let this investigation be completed with the rest of his co-conspirators as they wipe out a large majority of the Republican party!
Please don't embarrass us.
Giving more arms to Saudi Arabia is the last thing we should be doing
Other countries know what Trump is. He is an embarrassment to our country. They have to dumb down everything for him. He won't last the 9 days, he will cancel things. With each hour more things come out about him and his investigations. Our country is screwed until we can put this huge mistake in our rear view mirror. Bless the USA.
What an embarrassment! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever long for the days of George W Bush ( a bumbling likable doofus). OMG; he shoved a delegate out of the way to get in front, then lectured the NATO group like he was a bill collector! What the hell!
He probably won't have to write speeches. He can just recycle: he inherited a disaster fromObama. He won the election big league. The media treats him unfairly and puts out fake news. Now Rod Rosenstein has started a witch hunt. No one cares about his tax returns but the press. Last talking point for him is that Hillary is crooked but no one went after her. If he sticks with these talking points, he will not have to answer questions about his Muslim ban and how all illegal immigrants are rapists and thieves and how Mexico will pay for the beautiful wall.
Please don't come back
Well, there goes those relationships. Hopefully, they'll understand that the majority of Americans didn't vote for him and that many of us are doing our best to get him out. Hope the Pope politely tells him off.
I'm so embarrassed that Trump will be representing the USA. His illiteracy and lack of professionalism is not who we are as a country!
I hope the reps out there on both sides of the aisle make some kind of statement after this trip is over. If somehow this isn't a total disaster, I would like to know if there is anything good that was accomplished. On the other hand, if it goes the way I believe it will (and he severely damages relationships and the US reputation), I will be very disappointed in any rep who stays silent and just brushes it off as part of his learning curve. We don't have time to keep back pedaling and spinning every mis step he makes.
Quick! Change all the locks so he can't get back in!
Godspeed Mr. President. Represent us well.
Oh God! Pray he doesn't create any international crisis on a minute-by-minute basis as he does domestically! It will cause worse circumstances for us outside of the embarrassments we suffer in view of the whole world for what he does here!
Glad he will not be wasting my money on golf at his resort for a change.
DJT has succeeded in embarrassing the American people globally. We would be better served if he stayed out of the country.
I wish President Trump good luck on his visits to those countries involved.