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Trump's Nine Day Trip Overseas

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Trump's itinerary has him starting in Saudi Arabia with a 2 day royal red carpet treatment of activities. I covered that visit in a separate thread.

    Then he flies to Israel where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem and lay a wreath at the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. He will give a speech at the Israel Museum and he will meet privately with Prime Minister Netanyahu and have dinner with Netanyahu and his wife.

    He will also meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, say a prayer at the Western Wall, where he be the first sitting U.S. President to visit the contested territory. Add to that a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

    From Israel he flies to Vatican City for a meeting with Pope Francis on May 24th. He will tour St. Peter's and meet Italy's President Sergio Mattarella before departing for Belgium.

    In Belgium on May 25th Trump will meet Belgium's King Philippe and Prime Minister Charles Michel and the E.U. and European Council presidents. He will reaffirm his commitment to NATO and unveil the security bloc's memorial in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall and segment of the World Trade Center.

    Trump will also have a working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.

    On May 26-27 he'll be in Sicily attending the G7 Summit attended by German President Angela Merkel, Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Macron and the leaders of Italy and Japan. The Paris Climate Agreement will be an important topic of discussion.

    He returns to the United States at the end of the G7.

    Obviously each of these stops will invite scrutiny of his every move, but media access during the trip may be limited.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Maybe Trump should watch out for shoes?

    youtube.com/watch?v=duLds-TZMGw

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    The fat idiot knows that Putin has about had enough of his incompetence. He now has a target on his back. Pence is the guy that Putin trusts to execute the coup. The fat idiots days are numbered.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    New York Times, May 18, 2017: Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win

    As per the NYT article, foreign embassies in Washington have been trading tips and advising their ministers back home on how to handle the "mercurial, strong-willed leader with no real experience on the world stage, a preference for personal diplomacy and a taste for glitz". What has emerged is a list of tips to handle Trump in meetings and conversations:

    "Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory."

    "Bear in mind this is still a guy who focuses on wins...He likes to have wins for America and wins for himself from bilateral meetings.”

    "He is a deal maker, a pragmatist.

    "He has a limited attention span and absolutely won’t want to listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter."

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    I had to smile when I read this. The recent visits by leaders of foreign countries seem to bear this out. They go out of their way to compliment and praise Trump on a host of issues, and always mention his big victory over Hillary Clinton. In other words, they know how to pander to his big ego.

    And dumb down group presentations to the lowest common denominator.

    Is this what foreign diplomacy has degenerated to?

    Sure all foreign leaders do their homework on each other before engaging in meetings, but in Trump's case the list of trivialities that make him responsive is somewhat amusing if it were not for the fact that it's a list for how to manipulate the president of the United States.

    Don't know how it will work out on his nine day trip, but the Saudis seem to have gotten the message.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Politico: Trump aides eager to hitch ride on foreign trip

    Going along with Trump on this trip are:

    "Son-in-law Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump, chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, economic adviser Gary Cohn, deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, policy adviser Stephen Miller and press secretary Sean Spicer will all be along for major chunks of the trip, according to multiple White House officials. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel with Trump through the final stop in Sicily for the G7 conference, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will be along for the entirety of the trip.

    "Also among those traveling with the president: his trusted aide Hope Hicks, deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton, among others."

    Looks like Trump is taking most of the White House staff with him.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    His interests are at odds with 7.1 billion people of the world. Do you think he feels the love? This is a very very little person whose positive contribution will be less than this post.
  • Independent
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    Yeah, now one of them ( 2 if you count the President) is under investigation, then this "vacation" trip may end up in jail for one of them, I hope. I just wonder if it is allowed to have all these idiots on one plane; if it crashes then we have only Pence left. Wow. But the advantage is that hopefully they learn that the US "island" is not the only place in the world; neither that Jesus is the only "prophet".
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    I was watching the news this morning from Riyadh...the motorcade with horses and American flags...Trump and Melania walking through an art museum seeming a bit bored not really showing any interest in any one piece of art. Just browsing. Maybe if they hung a painting of a giant painting of himself Trump would stop and admire. Ha. I doubt that he knows anything about art.

    There is no doubt the Saudis are going all out to showcase the Trump visit. All theater.

  • Independent
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    Yes all theater; except the weapons deal done by Kussner; at least some billionaires here will be happy about that; big bucks for the 1% ; I call this "blood money". How many people will be killed by these weapons??
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I was watching the news this morning from Riyadh...the motorcade with horses and American flags...Trump and Melania walking through an art museum seeming a bit bored not really showing any interest in any one piece of art. Just browsing. Maybe if they hung a painting of a giant painting of himself Trump would stop and admire. Ha. I doubt that he knows anything about art.

    There is no doubt the Saudis are going all out to showcase the Trump visit. All theater.

    Great money making idea. Sell Velvet Elvis type paintings of Trump. For sure he'd buy thousands to make them look in demand.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Photo opportunities everywhere on this trip. Trump with the Saudi King and giving a speech (sermon?) on the virtues of Islam. Ha. Then photos of him everywhere in Israel praying and making peace. Then at the Vatican with the pope preaching peace. Also leading NATO and the G-7. Photos, photos, photos.

    Then bomb the shit out of ISIS. He needs a win that even the Democrats will support.

  • Center Left
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    The Dog and Pony show has unique twists. I hope they have turbulence.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Foreign leaders preparing for Trumpversations probably caused computer crashes researching past issues of Hustler, Playboy and Penthouse.

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    TJ Wrote: The Dog and Pony show has unique twists. I hope they have turbulence.
    I think people here forget that he visited an " authorian dictatorship"; hands get hacked off as well heads if you step out of line. Trump loves that; he wants to be that and do the same.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: The Dog and Pony show has unique twists. I hope they have turbulence.
    I think people here forget that he visited an " authorian dictatorship"; hands get hacked off as well heads if you step out of line. Trump loves that; he wants to be that and do the same.
    Agreed. The fat idiot is a bloated lazy asshole . He will tire by the fourth day start whining and acting more like a two year old it's going to be embarrassing in many ways . I predict he will cut the trip short . This 70 year old fat piece of garbage is going to melt like butter on a hot day . I predict a huge meltdown coming in 321.....