Trump Wraps First Overseas Trip With Visit to US Troops in Italy
- Author: Joey Payne May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 9:06
President Donald Trump is back at the White House after his first overseas trip.
While Trump and his aides huddled on Air Force One on the flight to Saudi Arabia to iron out the final preparations for his first foreign trip, the headlines blared: "Trump Told Russians That Firing "Nut Job" Comey Eased Pressure", wrote The New York Times; CNN reported, "Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump"; and The Washington Post offered, "White House adviser is a person of interest in Russia probe".
Trump's first stop on the trip was in Saudi Arabia, where he spoke at a summit of the leaders of more than 50 Muslim and Arab nations.
"'To the families who endure time apart or constant time apart, your sacrifices do not go unnoticed", Trump said.
POTUS addressed troops at the Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily before returning home, noting the recent attacks in Manchester, England and Egypt as a way to emphasize the need to defeat terrorism.
In addition to thanking the troops, Trump used the last stop of his nine-day jaunt through Europe and the Middle East to recount what he saw as the expedition's successes, saying: "I think we hit a home run no matter where we are".
However, the USA president refused to commit to whether the United States would remain a part of the 2015 Paris climate-change agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
But almost half of that speech was spent recounting his perceived accomplishments, from concluding an arms deal with Saudi Arabia (it had been years in the making) to forcing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to increase how much they spend on defense (a commitment they agreed to in 2014, under former President Barack Obama).
"You are the protectors of that great American flag", Trump said at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily. Pointing out to moves made by Trump to stand out.
The United States "is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and, thus, is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics", it added. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.
Trump is meeting with leaders from the G-7 nations in Sicily. This will be nine days.
President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.
The trip has gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to create a new coalition to fight terrorism while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share.
Most notably, soon after Trump touched down in Sicily for the final leg of his trip, news surfaced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the role his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials.