President Donald Trump returned home to the White House on Saturday after branding his first international tour through the Middle East and Europe a ‘home run’.
Trump, wearing a navy suit with a red tie, descended from Air Force One with First Lady Melania Trump, who paired a seafoam green sweater with cropped white trousers.
To the White House, Trump’s first trip abroad was an embodiment of the promises he made as a candidate to put America’s interests first and break through the guardrails that have long defined U.S. foreign policy.
Trump holds hands with Melania on return to the US following his ‘home run’ foreign trip.
As he dashed through the Middle East and Europe, Donald Trump looked like a conventional American leader abroad.
He solemnly laid a wreath at a Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, had an audience with the pope at the Vatican and stood center stage with Western allies at the annual summits that dominate the diplomatic calendar.
But when Trump spoke, he sounded like anything but a typical U.S. president.
On his first overseas tour, the new president made no attempt to publicly promote democracy and human rights in Saudi Arabia, instead declaring that he wasn’t there to lecture.
In Israel and the West Bank, he pointedly did not back America’s long-standing support for a two-state solution to the intractable peace process.
And in the heart of Europe, Trump berated NATO allies over their financial commitments and would not explicitly endorse the ‘one for all, all for one’ defense doctrine that has been the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic security for decades.
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