by Itunuoluwa Adebo
President Donald Trump is billed to go on his first trip abroad since he assumed office in May.
Skipping a low-key stop in the United States’ low-key northerly neighbour ,Canada. Trump will touch down instead in the capitals of three major world religions, a dramatic entry into the intersection of faith, politics and national security. The trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican is a flamboyant debut for the president who has, until now, largely avoided major trips outside of Washington.
Trump has spent most of his time away from the White House at his private estate Mar-a- Lago, Florida. When he arrives in the Middle East toward the end of May, he’ll be travelling abroad later in his presidency than any commander in chief since Lyndon B. Johnson, who waited more than 10 months after President John F. Kennedy was killed to travel abroad. After the Vatican, President Trump will make stops in Brussels and Sicily for NATO and G-7 meetings.
According to the president’s aides, the trip is designed as a symbolic show of resolve to top US allies, whom the Trump administration hopes will renew their efforts to combat radicalism and intolerance around the world. Some people familiar with the planning of the trip, said it’s also meant to demonstrate a new era of American foreign policy. Trump revealed the trip, referring to it as a “major and historic announcement”during the ceremony for the National Day of Prayer at the Rose Garden.