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As he prepared to depart on his first official trip abroad, President Trump assured the public that he would "strongly" protect American interests during his eight-day tour of the Middle East and Europe.

Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican City before he attends NATO and G-7 summits in Brussels and Sicily, respectively.

As part of his "America First" policy, Trump said during last year's campaign that he was interested in engaging internationally only when the United States stood to gain.

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President Trump, left, speaks beside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a White House news conference on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
President Trump, left, speaks beside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a White House news conference on Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Andrew Harrer / Pool / EPA)

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President Trump shared a video clip of his remarks at Monday's National Peace Officers' Memorial Service and a link to his proclamation designating May 14-20 as Police Week.

The tweet came as the president prepared to embark on his first official trip abroad.

Trump departs Friday on an eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that the White House hopes will give his administration a chance to reboot after a cascade of problems including questions about his abrupt firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Thursday with President Trump, hoping to secure guarantees for a continuation of millions of dollars in U.S. aid as his country emerges from half a century of civil war.

Publicly, Trump gave no such commitment during a joint news conference with Santos in the White House East Room.

Trump did not mention Colombia’s hard-fought peace process until a reporter asked about it. He then praised Santos’ efforts.

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President Trump could contain his anger for only so long — about 14 hours — before lashing out on Twitter on Thursday to protest “the single greatest witch hunt in American history!”

But in attacking Wednesday’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to head the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any role that Trump’s associates may have played, the president risks alienating potential supporters in his own party.

He could create an enemy out of a prosecutor who commands both a vast army of investigators and bipartisan respect.

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President Trump complained that “no politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly" during a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on Wednesday.

The comments were his first since reports Tuesday night that he asked FBI Director James B. Comey, since fired, to drop an investigation of Trump's former national security advisor. Trump had refrained from tweeting for 21 hours.

Though the speech contained much of the traditional praise for the new graduates, and ceremonial pardons of their "oversights or slight violations," it was also laced with Trump's hallmark defiance and boastfulness that put himself at the center.

President Trump shared a link to a Wall Street Journal report on a rise in industrial production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities, which shot up 1% in April from March.

That's the biggest gain since February 2014 and the third straight monthly gain. The increase was more than twice what economists expected.

Trump's tweet came amid controversy over a Washington Post report that he shared classified material about Islamic State with Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting the week before.

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In tweets Tuesday morning, President Trump said he had shared "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting last week, confirming a key part of a news report his aides had denied the night before.

Trump said he had shared the information in the hopes of getting Russia to "greatly step up their fights against ISIS and terrorism," referring to Islamic State.

As he has before, Trump suggested that the real problem wasn't his conduct, but the fact that U.S. officials had told the press about it.

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President Trump and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met Tuesday at the White House amid sharp disagreement over the war in Syria but eager to improve relations after the Obama era.

It was Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with the increasingly authoritarian Erdogan, who has consolidated power since a failed military coup last summer. Since then, his government has arrested or fired tens of thousands of political opponents, journalists, judges, academics, teachers and others.

In a joint appearance at the White House, Trump lavished praise on Erdogan — although he repeatedly mispronounced the Turkish leader’s name — as the ruler of a key Muslim ally and one of the largest members of the NATO military alliance.

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President Trump awaits the arrival of Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the White House.
President Trump awaits the arrival of Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the White House. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

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