President Trump Leaves Today
President Trump is leaving today on his first trip overseas. After two weeks of turmoil and stress Trump is leaving on an ambitious itinerary. He will be visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatician. He will be meeting with two European leaders. While leaving some of his problems behind he will still be faced with difficult questions. This is particularly true since the White House press corps will be joining him on his trip. They most likely will press him harder as to why he really fired FBI Director James Comey. They will also want to know if he leaked classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting last week. Another push will try to understand why he hired formed national security adviser Mike Flynn after Flynn told the transition team that he was under investigation by the FBI. Most likely other news worthy events will take place during his being out of the country opening up new questions for the president.
A Major Trip for His First
Most presidents have started with smaller travel routes. Canada and Mexico have been two favorite countries for a president to first visit. Traveling overseas might prove somewhat difficult for the president as he is known as a homebody. It is a well-known fact he prefers sleeping in his own bed. During his campaign he often returned to Trump Tower, in New York to sleep in his own bedroom. This trip will definitely remove the president from his comfort zone. He will be supported, however, by his wife Melania. She will be with him during his entire trip.
It isn’t a coincidence that Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatician. His advisers say he wanted to visit there three major religious centers so he can deliver a message of unity in the fight against terrorism. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump is “bringing people the world over to understand we are in this together. This is not a battle about religions. This is not a battle about cultures. This is a battle about good and evil. And their, the goodness of people of all faiths will prevail over this evil.”
The first presidential trip overseas has several goals. The biggest one might simply be to build bonds with the dozensof leaders he will corss paths with over the next nine days.