Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Melania Trump to meet with USA military families during first trip

Melania Trump to meet with USA military families during first trip

The White House Wednesday night was aiming for a measured response to Mueller's appointment and ended the night relatively pleased at the muted approach they believed the President put forward. Instead, the problems stemming from Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, his reported disclosure of highly classified information to Russian officials and his alleged urging of Comey to end his investigation into now-fired national security adviser Michael Flynn seem destined to shadow him as he travels overseas for the first time.

Advisers planning Trump's first foreign trip, which begins Friday, canceled scheduled briefings on the matter to avoid having reporters milling about the West Wing.

"It's kind of do-or-die", said one official, referring both to the staff and stakes for the President. "There's not a lot of room to fail". The close quarters and long flights could fuel tensions with the President, even as it tests a camaraderie among the staff that aides say has been developing with the whiplash of recent events.

The White House press corps is going on the trip too, and will no doubt try to press him on why he really fired FBI Director James Comey, whether he leaked classified information to the Russians in an oval office meeting, and why he hired former national security adviser Mike Flynn even after Flynn notified the transition team that he was under investigation by the FBI.

Aides complain that the president has made them look like "liars" and worry that the White House's credibility is in shreds. Late Monday, reporters could hear senior aides shouting from behind closed doors as they discussed how to respond after Washington Post reporters informed them of an article they were writing that first reported the news about the president's divulging of intelligence.

As a result, Trump will head into his trip, an ambitious first stride across the global stage, pursued by a political maelstrom at home and facing questions from foreign leaders about the viability of his government.

Leaders attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 summits at the tail end of Trump's trip have been told by organizers to keep their presentations brief - a request made with Trump's short attention span in mind. Axios reported that Trump asked a senior aide if Spicer owned a dark suit after he appeared behind the podium in an ill-fitting, light gray suit for his first full day on the job.

However, the momentum behind Guilfoyle's candidacy has stalled, with the Washington Examiner reporting that Trump is "furious" at reports that the Fox News host is openly campaigning to replace Spicer.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has called on Republicans to stand up and fight for President Donald Trump.

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"The President is going to the Middle East to let our friends know we are back and to let our enemies know we are back", said David Urban, who ran the President's successful Pennsylvania campaign and worked with his transition team, on CNN.

In Europe especially, they want to know whether Trump will pull out of the Paris climate accord and want to test his true feelings for Russian Federation, which is seen as a threat in much of Europe. But distractions were rampant, none as large as Trump's abrupt dismissal of Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

That reality begs the question: Who would replace him?

There has been one "bad news" headline after another involving the Trump administration breaking every day this week.

McMaster said Trump would deliver a speech in Saudi Arabia expressing hope that a peaceful vision of Islam would resonate worldwide.

Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, and it isn't a coincidence. Transporting Trump to the mountaintop overlooking the Dead Sea would have required the use of a cable auto.

Even people not involved in the original scandal can find themselves caught up in the maelstrom and see their careers ruined. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to discus aspects of the trip, Corker's office said. And a successful trip will show the White House staff in a positive light.

Though, the biggest goal of the trip, may simply be to build bonds with the dozens of leaders he will cross paths with over the next nine days.

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