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Despite mixed reviews for his inaugural overseas venture, President Trump counted it a success in a Sunday morning tweet. 

Perhaps most profoundly, the trip underscored what “America first,” as Trump has branded his governing philosophy, looks like on the world stage.

He was praised by some for his outreach to Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf, but continued his administration’s practice of making no public criticism of serious human rights violations.

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President Trump complained in a Sunday morning tweet that the special congressional election in Montana, called to fill the seat vacated when Ryan Zinke became his Interior secretary, "was such a big deal to Dems & Fake News until the Republican won." The "V was poorly covered," he said, referring to the Republican victory.

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Leaders of the Group of 7 nations and African countries invited to the two-day talks pose for a family photo at the G-7 summit on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily.
Leaders of the Group of 7 nations and African countries invited to the two-day talks pose for a family photo at the G-7 summit on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. (Tiziana Fabi / AFP/Getty Images)

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President Trump said he looked forward to the results of investigations into whether aluminum and steel imports are jeopardizing national security and promised to "take major action" if necessary.

Trump signed memoranda formally directing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to undertake the investigations in April.

At the time, Trump said that maintenance of the United States steel and aluminum industries was important to U.S. security interests because of the materials' use in infrastructure and defense applications.

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President Trump said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be stronger because member countries have agreed to increase payments "considerably."

NATO countries do not pay the United States or the alliance directly. They spend domestically on weapons or other defense-related needs.

Although many NATO countries have agreed to spend more on their military budgets, that is not a result of the NATO summit this past week at which Trump pressed them to do so.

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President Trump tweeted as he left Sicily for Washington, concluding his participation in the Group of 7 summit that capped his nine-day trip abroad.

During the summit, the G-7 leaders restored a vow to fight protectionism — the use of import taxes and skewed regulations that favor domestic producers over their foreign competitors.

The no-protectionism pledge had been a part of previous G-7 statements but was omitted after a meeting of the group's finance ministers' earlier this month in Bari, Italy. This time, the G-7 leaders reiterated a "commitment to keep our markets open and to fight protectionism."

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Seven wealthy democracies ended their summit Saturday in Italy without unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the United States is going to remain in the Paris accord on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The other six nations in the Group of Seven agreed to stick with their commitment to implement the 2015 Paris deal that aims to slow down global warming.

The final G-7 statement, issued after two days of talks in the Sicilian seaside town of Taormina, said the U.S. "is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics."

As his inaugural trip abroad came to a close, President Trump tweeted that he was bringing back from the Middle East "hundreds of billions of dollars" and said they'd translate into jobs.

Echoing a sentiment he tweeted the day before, the president appeared to reference a multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia that the White House said would produce American jobs.

The deal, parts of which were set into motion under the Obama administration, was part of a 10-year package of agreements collectively valued at more than $350 billion, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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President Trump with other world leaders at the G-7 Summit in Sicily on Friday, May 26.
President Trump with other world leaders at the G-7 Summit in Sicily on Friday, May 26. (Jonathan Ernst / AFP/Getty Images)

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President Trump shared his statement in response to an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo in which gunmen killed 28 people Friday.

Trump, who was attending a summit in Sicily, issued a statement saying the United States stood with the Egyptian people and condemned the attack.

He blamed “evil organizations of terror” and “thuggish ideology” for the "merciless slaughter of Christians" and said Friday's attack should bring nations together to crush "evil organizations of terror."