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Trump's international trip underscored what 'America First' looks like on the world stage

President Trump talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at a G-7 summit expanded session in Taormina, Italy, on May 27. (Associated Press)
President Trump talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at a G-7 summit expanded session in Taormina, Italy, on May 27. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump made no secret during the presidential campaign of his disdain for America’s trading partners, his skepticism of longtime alliances and his eagerness to refocus U.S. foreign policy on the single-minded pursuit of American security.

That was the largely the president the world got as Trump made his way through the Middle East and Western Europe over the last nine days,

Trump’s first foreign trip may have produced memorable, and at time cringe-inducing, images of the new president, whether grasping a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia or shoving the prime minister of Montenegro at a NATO meeting in Brussels. But perhaps most profoundly, the trip underscored what “America First,” as Trump has branded his governing philosophy, looks like on the world stage.

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