Where Trump Is Headed on First Foreign Trip
Stops will include Israel, Vatican, Saudi Arabia
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2017 12:21 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump gestures while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump is taking his first foreign trip since his inauguration later this month, and his stops will include Israel, Saudi Arabia, as well as a trip to the Vatican in which he'll meet Pope Francis, Politico reports. Trump becomes the first Oval Office occupant since Jimmy Carter to eschew Mexico or Canada as his first stop abroad, notes CNN, choosing instead a religiously significant trip with visits to the seats of Judaism, Islam, and Catholicism. "Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam, and it is there that we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies, to combat extremism, terrorism, and violence," Trump said in announcing the trip Wednesday, "and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries."

The stop at the Vatican could be delicate as Francis has publicly differed with Trump on the issue of immigration, appearing to question Trump's Christian faith in the process and leading Trump to say that the remarks were "disgraceful" and allude to an ISIS attack on the Vatican. While abroad, Trump will also attend a May 25 NATO meeting in Brussels and the G7 summit in Sicily on May 26. The trip is the latest in a presidency since Lyndon Johnson, who was 10 months into his term before he left the country.

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