President Trump’s first trip abroad as president may include a speech at the highly symbolic ancient Jewish fortress of Masada, Israeli media outlets reported Thursday, after the White House announced a visit later this month to Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Vatican, Italy and Belgium.
The White House said Trump has accepted invitations from Saudi King Salman to visit the kingdom for a summit with Muslim leaders; from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin to visit Israel; and from Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas for a meeting – presumably in the Palestinian self-rule areas although no venue was given.
Trump would then travel to the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis, meet with Italian leaders, attend a NATO summit and meetings with European Union leaders in Brussels, and participate in a G7 summit in Sicily.
Israel’s Channel 2 television reported that a White House advance team has requested Masada as the venue for a presidential speech.
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