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US president leaves on first foreign trip

Washington (May 20, 2017): United States President Donald Trump along with a group of senior advisers departed for his maiden overseas trip today.   

Trump’s trip begins Friday with a stop in Saudi Arabia, followed by planned visits to Israel and the Vatican. Trump will later attend the 28th NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, and the 43rd G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

Trump left for his first foreign trip from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, outside Washington. First lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well as a group of senior advisers and journalists covering the trip were along with him in the tour.

The president’s first stop on the trip is Saudi Arabia, where he’ll address a summit of Arab and Muslim leaders.

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster had said in a news conference on Tuesday that Trump’s first stop will be in Saudi Arabia, where there will be an arrival ceremony. Trump will meet with King Salman and will hold meetings with the members of the royal family and later he will attend a royal banquet.

The president will also attend a signing ceremony of several agreements that will further solidify U.S.-Saudi security and economic cooperation. The next day, Trump will meet with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council and leaders from dozens of Muslim countries.

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