Christiane Amanpour on Trump's First Trip Abroad

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

When President Clinton went on trips, questions followed about the various investigations surrounding him and his administration.

President Donald Trump heads to Saudi Arabia on Friday on his first foreign trip as president to fix relations with the United States' closest Arab ally, restart the Arab-Israeli peace process and, potentially, reassert the USA security role in the region.

Saudi Arabia has invited several prominent figures, including Fox News host Bret Baier, and scheduled numerous events to "dazzle" Trump, according to the AP.

"President Trump will not come to Riyadh because he loves us".

The first trip overseas of a United States president is usually either to neighbouring Mexico or Canada.

Keith was among the musicians who played at a January 19 inaugural event for Trump a day before the president took the oath of office.

But Mr Trump did not campaign on foreign policy. Carter visited the United Kingdom in May 1977.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany Trump for most of the itinerary, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders are anxious.

The Office of the First Lady announced Thursday that Melania Trump will deliver remarks to US military families when she joins the president during his inaugural overseas trip.

The last president to take longer before traveling overseas was Lyndon B. Johnson, who waited more than 10 months after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 before visiting Canada.

Also, The Associated Press reports that caterers in Saudi Arabia will have the option of steak with ketchup (the president's preferred meal) in addition to local cuisine.

One thing that might help put Trump at ease is his wife Melania Trump is traveling with him for the entire trip.

Allies will get a first-hand understanding of what Trump's America First policy will mean for diplomatic relationships and alliances going forward.

Attracting more foreign investment is essential if Saudi Arabia is to realize its vision of breaking free of oil.

Known for his liking for familiar spaces, he's said to be reluctant to take the trip, telling aides that the schedule is too long.

Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday that Trump meeting this weekend will reinforce the "strategic partnership" between Riyadh and Washington in its fight against Islamic extremism.

In Saudi Arabia, people with knowledge of the planning for Trump's trip say the caterers are planning to offer the president steak and ketchup alongside the lamb and hefty portions of rice on the menu.

The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years.

"The American media concentrated on the Watergate scandal, they treated the trip as a side show. and the Watergate scandal kept dripping and dripping".

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