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Trump leaves U.S.: Everything you need to know about President's schedule for first overseas trip

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
5/19/2017 (4 months ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Every stop holds a monumental moment for the president.

President Trump takes off today for his first overseas trip as President.

President Trump will visit five different countries over the course of nine days.

President Trump will visit five different countries over the course of nine days.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The president's first trip is often viewed as the most important and will be vital in securing foreign ties. Over the next nine days, Trump will hit five countries, including two of the U.S.'s core alliances, and tackle three major religions, including Catholics.

For the first two days, May 20 and May 21, Trump will visit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

While there, he will meet with King Salman, and he is expected to give a speech on Islam and send a message to the Muslim world. "Trump's speech will likely call for a peace-focused Islam, including his expectation that there must be an active counter-movement to radicalism," according to Axios.


His next stop will be Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on May 22 and May 23 where he will meet with Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and visit the Western Wall and the Chruch of the Holy Sepulchre.

Many are expecting this stop to be a friendly visit, but Trump is also projected to try to do "damage control after reports that [he] disclosed sensitive Israeli ISIS intel to the Russians."

The president will also visit Bethlehem, West Bank on May 23. He will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and engage in an Israeli-Palestinian peace process talk.

Trump will be staying in an armored hotel suite. It "will be a bomb-proof, poison gas-proof and bulletproof hotel room built to withstand the collapse of the entire building," according to Sheldon Ritz, operations manager for Jerusalem's King David Hotel.

"If the whole hotel blows up the suite will come down in one piece, so maybe a few broken bones, but they will be alive," said Ritz.

All of the president's food will be tested and certified safe and more than 10,000 police officers are tasked with securing his trip.

On May 24, President Trump will enter Vatican City to have an audience with Pope Francis. Trump has previously said some distasteful things regarding the pope, including calling him "disgraceful." Trump should use this visit to "project statesmanship and humility."

"I never make a judgment of a person without listening to them. I believe that I should not do this," Pope Francis expressed of the coming visit. "In our talk, things will come out, I will say what I think, he will say what he thinks, but I never, ever wanted to make a judgment without hearing the person."


Brussels is Trump's next location. On May 24-25, he will meet with heads of state of the 28 NATO members and participate in the NATO summit and the NATO leaders dinner. Trump has previously trashed this alliance, so the White House wants to "use this opportunity to reaffirm the United States' commitment to NATO," according to Axios.

President Trump's last stop will be in Taormina, Italy for the G7 summit on May 26-27. According to the White House, Trump will "press America's economic agenda and call for greater security cooperation."

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