President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump embarked on their first trip overseas as President this month with five stops in four countries. During the eight-day trip, the President sought to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and delivered messages of unity to America’s friends and allies. While Liberal mainstream media reported against his efforts all the way, he continued moving forward with his stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium, and attended both the NATO and G7 summits. Here is a fair and legitimate summary of the trip.
President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, May 20th, and met with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince. During his time in Saudi Arabia, the President participated in a signing ceremony of several agreements, bilateral meetings, and the inauguration of a new center intended to fight radicalism and promote moderation. The President and First Lady also joined the Saudi Royal Family for an official dinner.
In Jerusalem, President Trump met with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, and laid a wreath at Yad Vashem. He then delivered remarks at the Israel Museum celebrating the unique history of Israel and of the Jewish people. Later that day, the President met with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. They were joined by First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Sara Netanyahu for a private dinner. President Trump met the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in Bethlehem and urged Palestinian leaders to take productive steps toward peace. The President also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall.
Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the President and First Lady saying, “You are always welcome here.” The Prime Minister thanked President Trump for visiting the Western Wall and for his “deep commitment to Israel’s security, it’s well-being, and it’s future.”
President Trump spoke of America’s desire for peace for Israel and how Israel and the United States have a friendship built on a shared love of freedom, and a shared belief in human dignity. The President also discussed the important work of defeating violent ideologies and welcomed the action and support of any nation that would help Israel and the United States in that effort. The President discussed working even closer with Israel saying, “I believe that a new level of partnership is possible and will happen. One that will bring greater safety to this region, greater security to the United States, and greater prosperity to the world.”
“Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue peace in our world.”
Rome & Vatican City
President Trump met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican and celebrated the rich contributions of Catholics to America and to the world. The President and the Pope discussed a range of issues of mutual concern including how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President also met with the Cardinal Secretary of State and toured the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. President Trump participated in a bilateral meeting with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy. In the afternoon, the President participated in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy.
Brussels & NATO Leaders Meeting
President Trump met with the King and the Prime Minister of Belgium. The President traveled to the European Union headquarters and attended the NATO Leaders Meeting. President Trump had a working lunch with newly elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and then delivered remarks at the unveiling of a new NATO memorial. Secretary of Defense James Mattis joined the President as he participated in the NATO Leaders Meeting and dinner.
G7 Summit & Taormina
President Trump attended the G7 Summit in Sicily where he met bilaterally with world leaders. The President also attended a concert performed by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a dinner hosted by the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella. The President concluded his trip with remarks to American and allied service members and their families at Naval Air Station Sigonella.