Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump in Saudi Arabia - counterterrorism and weapons deals

As the Trump administration knows all too well, when you have a lot of staff talking to reporters, a president whose tweets can not be contained, and a press with an insatiable need to pounce on and criticize the president, it creates a fragile environment and the result is often nothing less than chaos.

CORNISH: NPR's Tamara Keith is about to leave for the trip herself.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a press conference in Riyadh on Thursday the Saudi-US summit and the Gulf-US summit will be held on Saturday and that an Arab-Islamic Summit will be held on Sunday, where President Donald Trump will deliver a "historic" speech focusing on spreading tolerance, Al Hayat reported.

Despite friendly meetings with Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, there could also be trouble awaiting the President in Israel, which is reported to be the source of intelligence on Isis shared with Russian Federation. "It's the first of its kind", and shows that both the US and Muslim nations are interested in dialogue and partnership, he said.

It was a week that eventually could put Trump's entire presidency in jeopardy and has left his White House dispirited, confused and at odds with itself. That means it will be easier for the administration's communication strategy to be coordinated and executed in unison.

And just because Trump is away from the United States, the barrage of blockbuster news stories about his administration is unlikely to stop, meaning that his harried staff will be forced to come up with crisis management strategies from many time zones away from the White House.

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Teddy Roosevelt, the first president to travel overseas, visited Panama City in November 1906. They want the White House to overreact and sidetrack the message designed for the visit.

CBN News' David Brody will be traveling with the president.

President Hassan Rouhani faces a tough battle for re-election against hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who has called for a much tougher stance against the West and says a 2015 nuclear deal has not improved the lives of the poor.

After the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on May 25, Trump is due to meet with other leaders of the G7 - a group of economic powers that comprises the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan- at a gathering in Sicily on May 26-27. "This is a great opportunity for the president to change the subject, to make real news". That is assuming, of course, that he sticks to the script all the while remembering that the media wants him to do anything but that. During the campaign he returned to Trump Tower in NY most nights, even if he was campaigning on the other end of the country.

As the maelstrom raged around the staff, reports swirled inside the White House that the President was about to embark on a major shake-up, probably starting with the dismissal or reassignment of Sean Spicer, the press secretary. "So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them". Monday, Sen. Susan Collins, A Republican from ME, asked reporters, "Can we have a crisis-free day?"

"One question everyone outside the United States has, and are not likely to ask the President, is what is his actual political strength relative to the divisions with Congress, the problems within his own party?" said Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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