- Trump began his news conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by condemning the Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester, denouncing terrorists as “evil losers.” He again criticized Iran for what he called its support of terrorism.
- Trump said that he was committed a peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis and that he will do everything he can to help both sides “achieve that goal.” Trump said both sides have promised to work toward peace.
- He called the summit in Saudi Arabia an “epic gathering,” describing Salman as a “very wise, wise man.”
May 24: Vatican City
What Trump plans to do: Meet Pope Francis and tour St. Peter's Basilica. In Rome, he will also meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Things to watch for: How Trump will greet Francis. The two will finally get a chance to meet for the first time after their slight spat over border walls last year. The pope said anyone who builds a wall is “not Christian.” Trump, a presidential candidate at the time, shot back: “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.” Francis has said that he will not judge Trump before meeting him.
May 24-25: Brussels
What Trump plans to do: Meet with NATO heads of state and the presidents of the European Union and the European Council. Trump will participate in a NATO meeting with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has voiced support for the alliance numerous times.
Things to watch for: What Trump says about NATO, considering that he has publicly flip-flopped on his position. Trump had called the alliance “obsolete,” then surprisingly took back that criticism in April after meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Another topic that probably will come up is funding. During his last trip to Brussels, Mattis had demanded that allies ramp up their defense spending or risk altering their relationship with the United States.
May 26-27: Taormina, Italy
What Trump plans to do: Attend the Group of Seven summit.
Things to watch for: The 43rd annual summit — which involves the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France and Japan — will be a time for countries to address their own agendas. According to the White House, Trump plans on touching on the U.S. economy and increased security cooperation. The summit will be an interesting time to see all of the newly elected world leaders assembled in one place, including French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
May 27: Trump returns to the United States