Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run' as challenges await

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Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run' as challenges await

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America's allies witnessed the two sides of Trump on his first foreign trip as USA president, a nine-day tour that began with sword dancing in Saudi Arabia and vague pledges in Israel to deliver Middle East peace.

A G7 summit in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with U.S. partners frustrated at Trump's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized what she called "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" discussion with Trump on the issue. He also touted his meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, adding, "We're behind North Atlantic Treaty Organisation all the way".

His body language on the trip demonstrated his typically brash behaviour, dramatised by his demands that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies pay more for their defence and his refusal to explicitly declare that the United States backs Article 5 of the alliance's charter, which requires each member to come to the defence of each other.

Trump used his trip to promote "America First" policies, promoting $110 billion worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and telling G-7 allies that the United States needs a more level playing field on trade.

The G-7 summit began in the shadow of Trump's remarkable appearance at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, in which he chastised some of the most loyal US allies for not paying their fair share to the alliance.

"The currently paying much more than any other nation - and that is not fair to the United States or the United States taxpayer - so we're working on it, and I will tell you a big difference over the previous year, money is actually starting to pour into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from countries that would not have been doing what they're doing now", he said. He described North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as a kind of protection racket where the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies pay the defend them and even suggested North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are in arrears and owe the USA past dues.

By Saturday morning, Trump was already tweeting that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners had given him a big win on this issue and that the money was beginning to roll in. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.

President Trump is recapping his first foreign trip and saluting US military personnel at an event before he returns to Washington.

Kushner's lawyers have said he will cooperate with the newly appointed special counsel.

James Comey, the former FBI director leading the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about the memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation. Meanwhile, the search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director continues.

As Trump headed home, European officials were left with mixed feelings: relief that he had been patient enough to listen to their arguments and unsettled by a Jekyll-and-Hyde figure who is still finding his way on the big policy issues. The GOP health care bill that passed the House faces uncertain prospects in the Senate, after a Congressional Budget Office analysis that it would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026. And some are starting to question the chances for tax reform.

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