Thur, May 25, 2017: Trump meets with EU leaders in Belgium

On the fourth leg of a grueling overseas trip, President Trump met with Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, and shared an eyebrow-raising handshake with President Emmanuel Macron of France.

Mr. Tusk said that there were differences of opinion over Russia, but that when it came to Ukraine, “it seems that we were on the same line.”

Mr. Trump will also meet with other European leaders, and analysts said anxiety was high but expectations were low. It is Mr. Trump’s first visit to the Belgian capital — headquarters of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — since he called the city a “hellhole.”

After Mr. Trump urged the alliance to do more against terrorism, NATO announced that it would formally join the fight against the Islamic State.

–The New York Times,

Wed, May 24, 2017: Trump arrives in Brussels, meets with king and queen

Ahead of potentially tense meetings with NATO, President Trump arrived Wednesday in the city that headquarters the historic U.S-European military alliance – which he once described as a “hellhole” because of its immigration and refugee policies.

After a brief arrival ceremony at the Brussels airport, the president headed for a photo opportunity with the king and queen of Belgium and a bilateral meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel that included a discussion of counterterrorism in the wake of Monday’s bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

“We are fighting very hard, doing very well under our generals, making tremendous progress,” Trump told Michel. “But when you see something like what happened a few days ago you realize how important it is to win this fight. And we will win this fight.”

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Melania Trump visits Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome

First Lady Melania Trump seemed to enjoy her visit of the Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital in Rome on Wednesday, spending time chatting, playing and taking selfies with the hospital’s young patients.

Trump met young patients from nine different countries—including  Iraq and Nepal—who were among the roughly 600 patients the hospital can accommodate. The first pediatric hospital in Italy, the facility is now run by the Catholic Church but provides completely free health care, as well as housing around 3,500 families. It’s also the largest pediatric research center in Europe. Continue reading “Melania Trump visits Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome”

Melania Trump reveals Catholic faith, is first to inhabit White House since JFK and Jackie Kennedy

First Lady Melania Trump has revealed she is a Catholic after a private audience with the Pope yesterday.

It comes after Pope Francis blessed her rosary for her during her Vatican visit with the President.

Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed to MailOnline that she practises the religion. Continue reading “Melania Trump reveals Catholic faith, is first to inhabit White House since JFK and Jackie Kennedy”

May 24-25, 2017: Trump in Brussels: Meets with NATO leaders, King Philippe, French President

The president’s first meeting with leaders from all 28 NATO member nations will provide him the opportunity to press them for greater financial contributions toward keeping Russia in check.

His scheduled speech at the summit will also give him the breathing room to proclaim America’s undying commitment to NATO, even though Trump called the alliance ‘obsolete’ while he was campaigning.

Along the way the president will meet Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and Prime Minister Charles Michel. He will also have a working lunch with newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron.

  • Meets with European Union officials.

Lunch with President Emmanuel Macron of France.

Dinner with other leaders of the 28 NATO countries.

Wed, May 24, 2017: Trump in Vatican City: Meets with Pope Francis

Trump’s audience with Pope Francis could be a tense one, since the Pontiff questioned Trump’s commitment to Christianity during last year’s election campaign in reaction to his pledge to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump fired back, writing that ‘[f]or a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.’ Still, he will take advantage of the Holy See’s hospitality with a full tour of St. Peter’s.

  • Meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican and tours St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Heads to the Quirinal Palace in Rome, the official residence of President Sergio Mattarella of Italy.
  • Arrives in Brussels late afternoon and meets with King Philippe of Belgium.

Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump arrives in Italy to meet Pope Francis, Italian leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Italy on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Pope Francis and Italian leaders, on the third leg of his first international trip since taking office.

Trump’s meeting with the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on Wednesday comes after the pair sparred at a distance on issues including migration, climate change and Islam. Continue reading “Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump arrives in Italy to meet Pope Francis, Italian leaders”

Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump speaks at Israel Museum

U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3rd L) and their wives Melania Trump (L) and Sara Netanyahu (2nd L), delivers remarks after a wreath-laying at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Remarks by President Trump at the Israel Museum


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PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s very nice. And thank you to Prime Minister Netanyahu. And I also want to thank Sara for hosting us last night in really a very unforgettable dinner. We had a great time. We talked about a lot of very, very important things. And thank you to Ambassador David Friedman and Mrs. Friedman for joining us, along with a number of very good friends who have come from our country to yours, as we reaffirm the unshakable bond between the United States of America and Israel. Thank you. (Applause.) Continue reading “Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump speaks at Israel Museum”