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    5 things to watch on Trump’s foreign trip
    Can he stick to a script?

    By Michael Crowley
    05/19/2017 05:13 AM EDT

    President Donald Trump departs Friday for his first foreign trip, a nine-day voyage that will take him across the Middle East and Western Europe. Although the trip will be shadowed by Trump’s growing problems at home, it could shape his foreign policy in important and lasting ways.

    Trump will encounter a slew of thorny foreign policy issues on his trip, which features stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, a G7 meeting in Sicily, a NATO summit in Brussels and a visit to the Vatican.

    Here are five things to watch:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/19/trump-foreign-trip-what-to-watch-238578
     
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    NYT: Trump brags to Russians about firing 'nut job' Comey
    By Dan Merica, CNN
    Updated 5:54 PM ET, Fri May 19, 2017

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    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump bragged to two top Russian officials last week that firing "nut job" FBI Director James Comey eased "great pressure" on him, The New York Times reported Friday.

    "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said, according to the Times. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

    Trump's Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak came one day after Comey was fired.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/politics/trump-russians-nut-job-comey/index.html
     
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    Current White House staffer caught up in Russia probe, source says
    By Mike Levine
    Adam Kelsey
    RYAN STRUYK
    May 19, 2017, 4:58 PM ET

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    The federal investigation of alleged collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials is looking not only into Trump campaign advisers previously cited in public accounts, but it is also scrutinizing at least one current White House staffer, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.

    The Washington Post was the first to report on this detail of the investigation, saying a "senior White House adviser" has become "a significant person of interest" in the probe.

    Officials speaking to ABC News would not identify the staffer, and it is unclear exactly why authorities are interested in this individual.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/curr...-caught-russia-probe-source/story?id=47519121
     
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    May 19 2017, 11:06 pm ET
    Former FBI Chief James Comey to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee
    by Phil McCausland

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    Former FBI director James Comey has agreed to publicly testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the committee announced Friday.

    "I am hopeful that [Comey] will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media," said Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the chairman of the committee.

    Former FBI director James Comey has agreed to publicly testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the committee announced Friday.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...testify-senate-intelligence-committee-n762411
     
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    Trump meets with lawyers at the White House
    By Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey
    05/18/2017 07:08 PM EDT

    President Donald Trump convened his legal team on Thursday to discuss the escalating investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

    The huddle, according to four people briefed, took place the day after it was announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would serve as the investigation’s special counsel.

    One White House official said the discussion, which came the day before Trump leaves for his first trip abroad since taking office, centered around the nuts and bolts of how the investigation would work – and how the administration will need to handle the inquiry.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/trump-lawyers-white-house-238579?lo=ap_f1
     
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    May 20, 4:45 PM EDT
    The Latest: Trump presents Saudis with massive arms package

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

    11:40 p.m.

    President Donald Trump is basking in a royal welcome in Saudi Arabia, a far cry from the contentious atmosphere he left behind in Washington.

    In the capital of Riyadh, Saudi King Salman greeted Trump warmly and later presented him with the kingdom's highest civilian honor, a gold medal, during a ceremony at the grand Saudi Royal Court.

    Trump rewarded his Saudi hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements.

    Trump spent most of his first day abroad shuttling between opulent palace ballrooms with the king. The two were overheard discussing natural resources and arms, and Salman bemoaned the destruction caused by Syria's civil war.

    Trump is on a five-stop swing that will take him to the Middle East and Europe.

    MORE..........

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-20-16-45-11
     
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    May 21, 2:23 PM EDT
    Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out 'Islamic extremism'
    By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE
    Associated Press

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam.

    In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publicly admonish Mideast rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns.

    "We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship," Trump said, speaking in an ornate room in the Saudi capital. "Instead, we are here to offer partnership - based on shared interests and values - to pursue a better future for us all."

    The president's address was the centerpiece of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, his first overseas trip since his January swearing-in. For Trump, the trip is a reprieve from the crush of controversies that have marred his young presidency and an attempt to reset his relationship with a region and a religion he fiercely criticized a candidate.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-21-12-32-02
     
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    May 20, 7:48 AM EDT

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims on Russia probe aren't adding up
    By CALVIN WOODWARD and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some things aren't adding up in President Donald Trump's account of the investigation into his campaign's relationship with Russians, an inquiry he says "I respect" yet considers a "witch hunt."

    A review from another wild week in Washington:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-20-07-48-34
     
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    May 21 2017, 5:46 pm ET
    North Korea Launches Medium Range Ballistic Missile: White House
    by Saphora Smith, Ali Vitali and Ed Flanagan

    North Korea has launched a medium-range ballistic missile, U.S. officials said on Sunday, the latest in a series of tests carried out since President Donald Trump came to office.

    The Saturday launch came a week after the isolated nation test-fired another missile, which experts said marked a step forward in North Korea's missile program.

    "We are aware that North Korea launched a [medium-range ballistic missile]. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's three most recent tests," a White House official told NBC News.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/n...m-range-ballistic-missile-white-house-n762646
     
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    Melania Trump gets rave reviews in Saudi press
    By Elizabeth Landers, CNN
    Updated 1:53 PM ET, Sun May 21, 2017

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    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN)First lady Melania Trump's fashion choices got rave reviews in local Saudi Arabian press Sunday, despite forgoing the customary headscarf.

    Both the first lady and first daughter Ivanka Trump have been closely watched in Saudi Arabia for both style and substance.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/21/politics/melania-trump-saudi-arabia/index.html
     
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    Media 'jokes' not so funny
    By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
    Updated 3:04 PM ET, Sun May 21, 2017

    Story highlights
    • After firing blanks from a machine gun, Tampa's mayor reportedly joked, "the first place I point that gun is at the media"
    • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was overheard joking with Trump about a ceremonial saber on journalists
    • Defense writer John Donnelly was pinned against the wall by security guards at the Federal Communications Commission
    • Trump's unrelenting criticism of the media and divisive rhetoric at rallies seems to have engendered hostility and a creeping permissiveness about violence
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/21/politics/media-violence-new-normal/index.html

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    Trump's First Foreign Trip
    May 21 2017, 9:18 pm ET
    Trump’s Speech to Muslim World Earns Praise and Condemnation
    by Phil McCausland and Ahmed Mengli

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    President Donald Trump tempered his rhetoric on the Muslim world in a speech given in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, earning praise from some corners and condemnation from others.

    His remarks in Riyadh tamped down the incendiary tenor Trump maintained during the 2016 campaign, which were pleasing to his base, but inflamed the opposition.

    The relatively even keel stayed on target as the president read carefully from his teleprompter and avoided off-the-cuff remarks that got him into trouble in the past.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/tr...ise-condemnation-n762666?cid=eml_pol_20170522
     
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    In A Historic First, Trump Visits Old City Of Jerusalem
    May 22, 201711:02 AM ET
    Mark Katkov
    Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

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    In a visit fraught with symbolism, President Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in the Old City of Jerusalem.

    The president and first lady Melania Trump visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection, and the Western Wall, part of the Jewish temple complex destroyed by Rome in 70 C.E.

    The walled Old City lies in East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel from Jordan in the Six-Day War 50 years ago. Israel's subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem is not recognized internationally.

    The White House said the visit was unofficial and private. The U.S. considers the status of Jerusalem unresolved and subject to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not accompany the president to the Old City.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/05/22/529483918/in-a-historic-first-trump-visits-old-city-of-jerusalem
     
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