Trump ends nine-day overseas trip with a flourish as trouble looms at home
SIGONELLA, Italy (Reuters) – With trouble facing him at home, U.S. President Donald Trump ended his nine-day overseas journey in dramatic fashion on Saturday, addressing U.S. troops for a campaign-style rally.
Trump flipped traditional U.S. foreign policy inside-out on his tour via the Middle East and Europe, coddling Middle Eastern leaders with questionable human rights records while demanding traditional European allies pay more for his or her defense.
At a small grouping of Seven summit from the resort city of Taormina within the island of Sicily, Trump refused to entreaties on the other six allies to take care of U.S. support to your Paris climate agreement, insisting he needed a longer period to produce up his mind.
In a hangar at Naval Air Station Sigonella, and this is on Sicily, Trump was created by his wife Melania, that has raised eyebrows in the trip by twice flicking away her husband's hand whilst attempt to hold hers.
"My partner worked quite hard for this trip that i’m very likes to show off him," she said.
Trump, whose Marine One helicopter landed from Taormina into the soaring soundtrack with the "Air Force One" movie, emerged from a couple of days of closed door summitry to declare his trip roaring success.
Trump said he previously had helped forge more international cooperation inside the fight Islamist militants, a threat he said was underscored using a suicide bomber in Manchester, England, and also the killing of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
"It was a tremendously productive meeting where I strengthen American bonds," said Trump. "Now we have great bonds to countries and, with of our own closest allies, we concluded a really historic week."
Trump skipped the regular end-of-trip news conference avoiding facing concerns numerous problems he faces upon his bring back to Washington at a later time Saturday.
His May 9 firing of former FBI Director James Comey has raised concerns about whether he was endeavoring to squelch a federal probe into his campaign's ties with Russia during the past year.
The questions happen to be intensified while in the wake of disclosures on Friday that any senior adviser, Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts while using Russians in December about opening a secret back channel of communications with Moscow.
Trump used his journey to promote "America First" policies, promoting $110 billion property value arms sales to Saudi Arabia and telling G-7 allies that your Usa demands a more level arena on trade.
His mannerisms around the trip demonstrated his typically brash behavior, dramatized by his demands that NATO allies pay more because of their defense brilliant refusal to explicitly report that the United States backs Article 5 on the alliance's charter, which requires each member to find the defense of one another.
His pushing aside from the prime minister of Montenegro to penetrate place for a family group photo generated headlines across Europe.
At Sigonella, Trump said his draws NATO allies to be charged more was working.
"Funds are noticed that you flow in," he was quoted saying. "It's only fair into the Country. We're behind NATO completely. But we wish to be treated fairly."