Trump media team overhaul imminent
“He strongly believes that it is the strength of the faith of people in these religions that will stand up and ultimately be victorious over these forces of terrorism”, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
One thing that might help put Trump at ease is his wife Melania Trump is traveling with him for the entire trip. Current and former Trump officials say Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips, especially those with damaging leaks, becoming engrossed in finding out where they originated.
“There are people here [in Kiev, where Gingrich is visiting] who read this crap and thinks we should be afraid”.
The next day, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council, which consists of six energy rich Middle Eastern countries. That’s an echo of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, who addressed Muslims in Cairo in his first major speech on foreign soil.
President Trump’s budget proposal will mark the “first step” in his $1 trillion infrastructure push, the White House said Friday.
Finally and most critically, Trump’s problems have little to do with staff whom he bullies, intimidates and keeps out of the loop.
If it’s possible for Trump’s media coverage to get worse, boarding up the briefing room in the White House would do it. The Trump administration was also forced to disavow an invitation extended by the Saudi government to Sudan’s genocidal president, Omar al-Bashir, to a meeting of leaders of majority Muslim nations set to take place during Trump’s visit.
In Israel, Trump will meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looking to smooth over fresh tensions.
The next day, Trump will spend time with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, part of his effort to facilitate the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The first lady’s office did not release a detailed schedule of events, but it did say Melania Trump would participate in “spousal programs” surrounding the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 summits the president is attending. He will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
And the president is also meeting at the Vatican with the pope, someone who said past year that Trump is “not Christian” if he’s talking about building walls.
Experts say Mr Trump’s reputation as a boss who is willing to burn his staff may make it more hard to recruit high quality candidates for the glaring number of positions the administration still needs to fill. According to reports, Trump is due to nominate Callista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for the post of US ambassador to the Vatican. Worldwide visits also limit opportunities for the president to stray off-message.
Trump will then have a working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Other Republicans have been reticent to speak up in Trump’s defense.
Trump is then expected to reaffirm his commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation while unveiling the security bloc’s memorial, in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall and segment of the World Trade Center. “This is the best team since Eisenhower”, he said. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will accompany Trump for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and dinner.
But a political uproar in Washington over Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, allegations that he pressed Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the subsequent appointment of a special counsel to look into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties with Trump’s campaign threaten to overshadow his trip. “He’s already a president viewed skeptically by much of the world”.
The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) on Friday pushed back on Trump’s threat to cancel future White House briefings, noting that “White House briefings and press conferences provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the U.S. government”.
“President Trump understands that America First does not mean America alone, to the contrary”, McMaster said.
At the summit, Trump will attend a concert by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and attend a leaders’ dinner.