Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Ivanka Trump to travel with president to Europe and Middle East

That has left foreign policy analysts wondering which Donald Trump is going to show up for his first foreign trip, which has him visiting five countries in the Middle East and Europe over nine days.

Like President Donald Trump, the trip overseas will be her first since her husband's inauguration in January.

Other efforts to impress Trump on his first stop include a U.S. -Saudi business forum with top executives from companies such as Dow Chemical and a banquet in the hopes of forging a "new partnership" between the two countries.

During his first stop in Saudi Arabia, Trump will give a speech focused on Islam and terrorism.

Christiane Amanpour, chief global correspondent for CNN, looks ahead to Trump first foreign trip on Friday.

"I am very excited", the first lady said. "This will not just be an opportunity to support my husband as he works on important matters of national security and foreign relations, it will also be my honor to visit and speak with women and children from different countries, with different perspectives".

Before the couple married, they flew to Slovenia so the NY real estate mogul could meet his bride-to-be's family. He's the first president since Jimmy Carter to not travel overseas during his first 100 days in office.

It's been more than a half-century since any president waited as long to take his first foreign trip.

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Among the invitees is al-Bashir of Sudan, although it remains unclear whether he will attend or, if he does, whether he will meet Trump.

Though the Saudi government is framing Trump's visit around a theme of friendship with Washington, prominent Saudis say it boils down to strategic interests.

As a builder, they think Trump will be impressed by the construction. In Yemen, the White House intends to provide more weapons to Riyadh but has not signalled any intention to enter the fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Two officials said they feared that a hard trip might even lead the president to hand off future traveling duties to Vice President Mike Pence.

When he takes off on Friday, Trump will be 119 days into his first term, marking the latest first foreign trip in the past 50 years by a USA president.

And in Sicily, the president will meet with the other leaders of the G7, a gathering of Western economic powers.

"We are in the final stages of a series of deals", the official said.

"If he doesn't, the Saudis will have gotten the better deal", McCants said. The centerpiece of the president's visit to Brussels is now a tour of the new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation building, which will open in about a year.

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