Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

President taking off on first global trip

President taking off on first global trip

"And while the pictures from the trip may be great, the White House can't change the headlines that will follow him wherever he goes".

In fact, for some senior officials who have lost the President's confidence, the tour may be a final chance to save their jobs.

"This president not only has the usual learning curve, but he appears to have new ones", Sherman said.

"Several agreements will be signed, including political agreements. and big economic agreements", he said.

"Can he move forward with his own agenda?" Trump has also not committed to observe the part of the treaty that commits every member to defend one another against aggression.

General Wesley Clark, the former Supreme Allied Commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, had a few tips for a president who struggles to grasp foreign policy and stay on-message.

After all, he made this promise on Inauguration Day: "We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth", the newly sworn in president vowed. There is enormous pressure on his advance teams of young, inexperienced staffers who negotiate the stagecraft of Trump's encounters with foreign leaders and prepare agendas of meetings.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a swearing-in ceremony in the Vice President's ceremonial office at Eisenhower Executive Office Building March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump's supporters see his overseas trip as a chance to escape the non-stop revelations related to Russian Federation, but more likely he'll drag the controversy with him overseas - adding another dimension to an already tricky travel schedule.

"The minute that he leaves the United States on that plane the entire focus would be what's going on overseas - what the president says and how he acts, as opposed to some of the domestic issues that are dogging him here at home".

This trip will take the president out of his comfort zone.

A shoot-from-the-hip president on a long and tiring first trip out of the country is a recipe for multiple missteps, gaffes and comments that could send confusing messages about USA policy.

Trump's aides acknowledge the trip will not erase the political turmoil back home.

In Trump, however, many Saudis see a decisive, business-focused leader, who they say shares their goals in the region.

As soon Trump leaves Washington he will be heading for the deep end of global geopolitics.

Given the challenges Trump's administration is facing in America, how much can Trump accomplish during his trip overseas?

As scandal talks grow at home, Trump is licking his wounds, spurning his critics and looking for approval from foreign leaders who admire him for being a tough guy.

Still, Trump does have one advantage.

In his first stop, Trump is expected to meet with Saudi officials, as well as more than 50 leaders of Muslim countries during a summit hosted by the kingdom.

They are pre-disposed to the reset that Trump says he represents.

The president's first stop will be in Saudi Arabia, before continuing to Israel, Italy, Vatican City and Belgium.

On Iran, Djerejian said Trump as a candidate "criticized the Iran nuclear deal, but ever since he became president he didn't make that decision to rid the U.S. of the deal, because it isn't a bilateral agreement ... and it involves the P5+1 group".

Donald Trump's speech on Islam is being drafted by Stephen Miller, who previously drafted the administration's failed travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

"He will urge Palestinian leaders to take steps that will help lead to peace", said Lt Gen H.R. McMaster, President Trump's National Security Adviser.

"He will call for Muslim leaders to promote a peaceful vision of Islam", he said.

"They are certainly not deterred by some of the anti-Muslim rhetoric that we heard on the campaign trail", Gause said.

"At this point, the Saudis need the USA more than the reverse", said Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce, global geopolitical strategist at Standard Chartered Plc in the United Kingdom.

Country music icon Toby Keith will perform in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday night in a double bill with a Saudi lutist, the Associated Press reports, that will coincide with President Trump's state visit. On the other, intractable disputes that go back thousands of years over the right of return of refugees, final status for Jerusalem, whether to negotiate with Hamas, and on. According to his aides, this inaugural tour is designed as a symbolic display of commitment to U.S. allies.

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