Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

Trump will also stop in Rome to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of the trip, the official said.

Following those stops, Trump will jet onto a highly-anticipated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on May 25, where he is expected to hound allies on boosting their defense spending, and a G-7 summit in Sicily on May 26 to talk shop on economics, foreign policy, and trade.

One White House official said the trip is meant to show that Trump is not an isolationist leader. Trump will meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and other leaders where they are expected to discuss efforts to defeat terrorism and discredit radical ideologies, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal planning.

"Our task is not to dictate to others how to live", he said, "but to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity and stability to the Middle East".

The trip was announced a day after Trump hosted President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority at the White House, the latest of his meetings with Middle Eastern leaders, including those from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Israeli officials reportedly wanted Trump's visit to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Six Day War and Jerusalem Day, which is often celebrated as the reunification of Jerusalem.

Just last Saturday, the pope told reporters aboard the plane returning from a trip to Egypt that he was not aware of any request from Trump for a meeting.

Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome "in an effort to unite three of the world's leading religious faiths" in a joint fight against terrorism and intolerance, the Washington Post reported.




"I think what the president has demonstrated already and will be able to demonstrate further on this trip is that 'America First' is fully compatible with American leadership in the world", the official said.

The US president, who upset many Muslims by attempting to ban travellers from seven countries where the religion is prevalent, will travel to the Middle East later this month.

Francis wants bridges between nations, not the walls Trump is building.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House in February.

But many have been surprised by the president's choice for his first destination - Saudi Arabia, a once strong ally which has taken a more aggressive and independent line towards regional issues in recent years.

When asked how Trump was preparing for the trip, the official said, "He's been preparing his whole life for a lot of these things".

On the presidential campaign trail Trump clashed with Pope Francis, after the pontiff criticized his anti-immigrant rhetoric and plans to build a wall along the border between the USA and Mexico.

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