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President Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, declaring it a “great honor” despite their past public dissension.

For a ​president who puts a premium on personal encounters, and sizing up people, his meeting with the pope appeared to have left him impressed. Their one-on-one meeting was “fantastic,” Trump told reporters, adding, “He is something.” 

The two met privately in Francis’ study at the Apostolic Palace for half an hour, slightly longer than was typical for papal audiences with visiting dignitaries, but shorter than the roughly 50-minute meeting between President Obama and Francis in 2014.

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President Trump expressed solidarity with Britain in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, condemning those behind the blast.

Trump spoke Tuesday after a meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Manchester police said a suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at the end of the concert. Police raised the death toll to 22 early Tuesday, and dozens more were reported injured.

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President Trump traveled to the West Bank on Tuesday to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, pledging to do “everything I can” to bring Israel and the Palestinians toward a peace accord.

To reach the biblical town of Bethlehem, Trump's motorcade passed through the security barrier closing off the West Bank from Israel. 

In remarks delivered as the two leaders sat together, Trump said he looked forward to working with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “toward a lasting peace.”

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President Trump visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
President Trump visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His visit to Israel
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President Trump on Monday took in the sweeping history of Jerusalem’s Old City on a visit in which he hopes to make some of his own, urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take strides toward peace that have eluded U.S. leaders for decades.

Starting the second leg of his eight-day foreign trip, Trump said he wants to make progress on what he has called the “ultimate deal,” a Middle East peace accord to end generations of conflict.

Trump has yet to offer a diplomatic initiative to restart negotiations, no less break the broader political impasse. Nor is it clear whether the Israelis or the Palestinians have the inclination or political capital to make substantial progress given their deep divisions.

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From right, President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi open the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought.
From right, President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi open the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought. (Saudi Press Agency)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His speech at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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After addressing a summit of regional leaders in Saudi Arabia’s capital, President Trump shared a transcript of his speech, in which he called on Arab leaders to join the United States in “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism.” 

In the first extended remarks of his foreign trip — and the first major foreign policy address of his presidency — Trump declared U.S. solidarity in pursuing peace and security in the region, while calling on leaders to do their “fair share” in what he called a battle “between good and evil.”

Marrying his stated “America first” credo with his stated commitment to eradicate terrorist networks like Islamic State, Trump said nations in the Middle East couldn’t depend on American power to “crush this enemy for them,” and must plot their own future course.

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President Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Saud attend a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court on Saturday, May 20.
President Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Saud attend a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court on Saturday, May 20. (Saudi Press Agency)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  2. His gratitude for U.S. service members on Armed Forces Day
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President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital Saturday to begin an eight-day foreign tour that will test the new administration’s capacity to manage complex international diplomacy and a growing political crisis at home.

In choosing Saudi Arabia as his first international destination since taking office, Trump found a host eager to offer the warmest possible welcome as its leaders seek a reboot in relations with the United States.

During a ceremony at the lavish Royal Court, King Salman presented Trump with the nation’s highest honor, the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud, in recognition of “efforts to strengthen the relationship between the two friendly countries,” and “his quest to enhance security and peace in the region and the world.”

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President Trump thanked members of the military to mark Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May.

Vice President Mike Pence told military personnel at a base in Ohio that the Trump administration's budget coming out next week will include the largest increase in defense spending since the days of Ronald Reagan.

Pence made a stop Saturday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton to celebrate Armed Forces Day.