Trump to Visit Vatican, Israel, and Saudi Arabia in First Foreign Trip

Trump to Visit Vatican, Israel, and Saudi Arabia in First Foreign Trip

When Donald Trump travels internationally as President of the United States for the first time later this month, he will stop at the major centers for the world’s three major religions. The visits will coincide with a NATO meeting in Belgium and a G7 meeting in Sicily.
The White House made it explicit that the visits were meant to build bridges and alliances with and between the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim worlds. Standing in the Rose Garden of The White House, Trump said, “tolerance is the cornerstone of peace.” The White House also stated that the trips were the result of invitations extended to the President.
The meeting in Saudi Arabia will involve other Arab leaders in an effort to combat ISIS and lay a blueprint for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Beyond the visits to the religious capitals, Trump’s meeting with other NATO leaders will be key, as Trump has criticized the alliance as outdated in the past.
The President has also exchanged words with Pope Francis in the past, primarily a result of his plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. During the Presidential campaign, Pope Francis was quoted as saying, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
Trump has waited longer than any President since Lyndon Johnson to make a foreign trip and is the first President since Jimmy Carter to not make his first trip to either Canada or Mexico.

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