Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

During President Barack Obama's tenure, relations with the Gulf States, and Saudi Arabia in particular, were strained over his administration's engagement with Iran. From there, he heads straight to Israel, still diplomatically ostracized by much of the Arab world.

Their relationship got off to a rocky start when, during the US presidential campaign, Francis famously said that anyone who wants to build a wall to keep out foreigners is "not Christian".

Israel will be his second stop before he is received by the Pope at the Vatican on 24 May.

The US president, who upset many Muslims by attempting to ban travellers from seven countries where the religion is prevalent, will travel to the Middle East later this month.

He said "we go by tangible results" and "we have a way of measuring tangible results", implying that is how President Trump will evaluate Saudi sincerity. Leaders of the Muslim world will convene to meet with Trump, who warmed to Middle Eastern diplomacy after successful visits from King Abdullah of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi.

Trump's top advisers insist the President is focused on making deals with foreign leaders in a bid to create a more secure planet, despite the lack of foreign travel.

One official made a point of noting that the administration did not believe its policy of "America first" was incompatible with American leadership. "We will approach it with a lot of humility".

In some respects, the Saudi and Israeli stopovers may be quite comfortable territory for Trump.

In a statement, the White House noted that the president "accepted the invitation of President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel, where he will further strengthen the United States-Israel partnership". Such a move would characterize a major change in American foreign policy, one that could strain relations between the U.S. and the Palestinian Authority.

A high-profile first stop in Saudi Arabia, a theocracy whose record on human rights and treatment of women often comes under sharp global criticism, was an unusual choice for a USA leader. (Onwards!) movement likely to emerge as the biggest party in June legislative elections, have lifted the mood among investors anxious about the upheaval a Le Pen victory could cause.The gap between French and German 10-year government borrowing costs hit a new six-month low on Friday.European shares eased after a week of gains that were partly driven by easing political worries in France.

The meeting of leaders of the Islamic world will exclude Iran, which Trump's administration sees as a source of instability and terrorist financing, senior White House officials told reporters in Washington DC.

Saudi officials, meanwhile, have been signaling they intend to temper their support for radical Islam.

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Trump "recognizes the importance of bringing all of our partners together, and certainly looking for ways that we can combat some of the greatest threats to all of the world", Sanders said.

The most awkward stop is likely to be the Vatican.

At the Vatican, Trump is expected to meet with Pope Francis.

Despite their obvious differences, Trump and Francis share a populist bent.

Pope Francis answered: "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian".

The pontiff added he would "give the benefit of the doubt" to the political candidate.

On many issues, the two men couldn't be more different.

The US president will meet the Pope ahead of the G7 summit in Sicily at the end of May.

Earlier both leaders have betted out contrasting policy points and majorly the fiery conversation via the media and press when Donald Trump was campaigning previous year in February to be the Republican Party's candidate for the White House, Washington.

Trump is getting a later start going overseas than his most recent predecessors, who made earlier foreign trips.

Like I said, I'd love to be fly on that wall.

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