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Amid tumult, Trump leaves on first presidential foreign trip

20 May 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe - a concession by the Trump administration to Democrats, who had intensified their calls for a special counsel - after the president fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump said on Twitter hours before he left on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

Saudi Arabia will be Trump's initial stop on his first worldwide trip as president, signifying the new U.S. administration's intent to reinforce its relationship with a top ally in the Middle East, particularly on security matters.

Debate has also intensified over whether the Trump will make good on his controversial promise to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though it appears the US President, who has walked back several times on claims that he supported the move, will hold off on making a decision.

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Mr Trump's ambitious trip will see him go on to Israel, Rome, Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, and Sicily for the G7. Other historic first steps may be taken here too.

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Although he kept a gruelling schedule as a presidential candidate, Trump is fond of being home at night.

One striking piece of news emerged from Rosenstein's briefing: He told senators that he had already known Comey was getting fired even as he wrote the memo that Trump cited as a significant justification for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's dismissal.

One of the most anticipated events of President Trump's trip will be the meeting with the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who heads a reform movement considered to be "rational and centrist", quite opposed to what the US President represents, according to The Daily Beast.

The new President's agenda includes a series of diplomatic scales including Saudi Arabia and Israel to visit the origins and "holy sites" of the three major faiths in the world: Jewish, Christian and Muslim, said National Security Advisor, HR McMaster. "Will be strongly protecting American interests - that's what I like to do!"

"Almost any president goes to Canada or Mexico [first]".

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The ceremony occurred in the Blue Room of the White House, where many senior law enforcement officials - including the Secret Service director - had gathered.

Bremmer said he'd find it to be a successful trip if "Trump can just get through the meetings". After leaving the Middle East, the president will meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in Belgium. The President will travel to the European Union headquarters and attend the NATO Leaders Meeting.

Trump has yet to personally reassert the United States commitment to Article 5, NATO's mutual defense clause.

Well aware of heightened concerns about terrorism, the Republican hopes to bring back hard commitments from USA allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Not quite everybody. While Trump tweeted and voiced his indignation at the White House, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed an independent special counsel to lead a heightened federal Trump-Russia investigation the day before, briefed the entire Senate behind closed doors at the Capitol.

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