Trump to Visit Israel, the Vatican, Saudi Arabia on First Foreign Trip as President

By Madeleine Weast

President Donald Trump will visit Israel, the Vatican, and Saudi Arabia later this month on his first foreign trip since entering office, the White House announced Thursday.

Multiple reports confirmed that Trump will visit the three destinations during a planned trip for the end of May. The president’s foreign tour will conclude at a NATO meeting in Brussels on May 25, followed by the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy the next day.

“Tolerance is the cornerstone of peace,” Trump planned to say Thursday in prepared remarks, according to the New York Times. “That is why I am proud to make a major and historic announcement this morning and share with you that my first foreign trip as president will be to Saudi Arabia, then Israel, then the Vatican in Rome.”

“Our task is not to dictate to others how to live,” Trump said of his trip to Saudi Arabia, “but to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity, and stability to the Middle East.”

A president’s first foreign trip is often seen as a significant event, signaling foreign policy priorities of …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon