US President Donald Trump will give a major speech on the Islamic faith during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, home to the religion's holiest shrines, the White House said on Tuesday.
Still, the White House once hoped the trip, wrapped in the pomp and circumstance of diplomatic protocol, could offer a chance at a reset after a tumultuous first four months in office.
U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with Russian Federation during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety".
While attending the inauguration of Saudi Arabia's new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology with King Salman, Mr Trump is scheduled to give a televised address to Saudis about Islam and the need to counter extremism.
"I think both sides have high expectations of this summit, as they are expected to discuss the most pressing issues for both of them like the conflict in Yemen, the war in Syria and the war on ISIL", he said.
Longtime Trump watchers are keen to see how he'll handle the many opportunities to stray from the script prepared for him by McMaster and other national security professionals. One of them - Herbert C. Hoover - did not travel overseas as president.
The good news for Trump is that the particulars of his first foreign trip will attract more play-by-play attention than most presidential jaunts. "So they want to invest in United States a lot which is good for us to create jobs", the official said.
Trump's visit will bolster strategic partnerships between the two nations. Mr Tillerson will join him for most of the trip; Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will join Mr Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference.
On Thursday, the president will take part in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium and then pay a visit to what was, during his election campaign, the "evil empire": the European Union headquarters in Brussels, and a meeting with the heads of the EU and the European Council. He is set for meetings with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Italy and Belgium, all of which could become gaffe-fests for the loose-lipped and inexperienced president. Anytime Trump meets with a foreign leader, "you don't know what you're going to get", Kupchan said.
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