President Trump to embark on first foreign trip as president

She will also take part in a meeting with the Pope.

In addition, the sheer logistical challenge meanwhile of moving a President around the world is enormous.

Trump's lack of foreign travel has even landed him with a nickname: the "Homebody President".

Trump's wife Melania and daughter Ivanka will accompany him for portions of the trip.

"I think this is going to be important because it´s supposed to translate into action on the ground, financial participation, troop participation, intelligence exchange". "The great thing about a trip, they control the environment, you control the interaction, you control the agenda and you control the press access. I hope that there is not one single tweet about anything in the nine days he is gone".

Carafano said that given the turmoil in Washington, an overseas trip presents an opportunity.

Having repeatedly condemned Saudi Arabia during his election campaign, the President has made no move to row back the US' friendly relationship with the Sunni Muslim autocracy. Trump is still learning foreign policy basics and hasn't notched many accomplishments. However, as a noted homebody, he might find it more hard to relax in a foreign capital than at his Mar-a-Lago resort where he has hosted several foreign dignitaries.

But several of Trump's top advisers want to tilt USA policy in the Arab world back toward Sunni power, led by the Saudis, as a counterweight to Shiite Iran. Others said those lengthy sessions will be a test of Trump's patience and ability to cede the spotlight, and they worry about a gaffe or blunder. As he tries to calm allies anxious about his "America First" message, he'll be followed by fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of a special counsel to probe his campaign's ties with Russian Federation. The Trump administration will have to waive more sanctions next month if it wants to stick by the nuclear deal.

How his trip is perceived by fellow Americans is key for the president.

Still, Trump does have one advantage.

Riyadh has issued a series of laudatory comments about the Trump administration, which has echoed Saudi concerns about Iranian regional influence.

Saudi Arabia confirmed on Thursday that it will sign commercial and political deals with the United States during President Donald Trump's visit to Riyadh next week.

Trump's delivery of a speech on Islam before dozens of Muslim leaders gathered in the Saudi capital could prove a far more delicate exercise, however, given the tensions sparked by his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations - now stuck in the United States courts.

His aides also believe Trump can signal that the re-establishing its global leadership role while emphasizing its allies' responsibility to share more of the burden of their own defense and increase investment and partnerships that can create, the official said.

The speech is a high-risk, high-reward opportunity, but is hard to get right, said Jonathan Finer, who served as director of policy planning for former secretary of state John Kerry.

"The real risk will come in the unscripted moments", said Haass, who served in the State Department under former President George W. Bush.

In Saudi Arabia, the president — whose campaign was marked by heated anti-Muslim rhetoric and whose administration has tried to enact a travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries — will deliver a speech to the Islamic world meant to be a clear contrast with the vision Obama laid out in his first trip to the region.

Mr Trump's speech will also have input from his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, Mr McMaster and his deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, CNN reports.

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