WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS 1130) – U.S. President Donald Trump travels to the Middle East and Europe this weekend, in his first trip abroad after taking office, and he will be trying to turn the page on a tumultuous week.
The first foreign destination for any president is expected to send a message, and for Trump, he’ll touch down in Saudi Arabia in the first leg of his travels.
The president is still overcoming some troubles on the home front, which experts believe are sure to dog him on his travels. This includes the appointment of a special counsel to investigate election Russian meddling.
As he prepares to make a stop in Israel over the weekend, Israeli intelligence officials claim they’re concerned after Trump confirmed sharing information about a potential airline bomb-threat by the Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
The US President is also dealing with the repercussions of a questionable exchange during a news conference yesterday, where he was once again asked whether he tried to get former FBI Director James Comey to shut down his investigation into fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Trump refused to answer the question, and urged others to move on.
Other stops on the agenda include The Vatican, NATO headquarters in Brussels and the G7 meeting in Sicily where he will cross paths with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.