Trump calls foreign trip a 'home run' in remarks to US troops

Trump calls foreign trip a 'home run' in remarks to US troops

President Trump recounted what he called the "home run" successes of his first foreign trip overseas as he addressed American troops stationed at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, Saturday before heading home to Washington, D.C.

The president is heading back to Washington, D.C. following a trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to USA troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017.

However, the US president refused to commit to whether the United States would remain a part of the 2015 Paris climate-change agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Trump flipped traditional U.S. foreign policy upside down on his tour through the Middle East and Europe, coddling Middle Eastern leaders with questionable human rights records while demanding traditional European allies pay more for their defence.

"I will give you my complete and unshakable support", Mr. Trump said.

"There was a lot of give-and-take between the different countries in the room", said Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council. "And together we will overcome this threat".

Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, then in Sicily for G-7 - but left Italy without making clear where he stands.

"I think we hit a home run no matter where we are", Trump told the soldiers.

Trump is seated between Beji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia, and Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger, for his first meeting of the day.

Trump calls foreign trip a 'home run' in remarks to US troops
Trump calls foreign trip a 'home run' in remarks to US troops

"Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should".

"At some juncture, other countries are going to get sick of us joining in, pulling out, joining in and pulling out and say, 'Are we really going to work with the USA on this anymore?'" said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and global affairs at Princeton.

First lady Melania Trump introduced the president to the troops, telling the crowd that it has been a "very special" trip for her and a success for her husband in his role as president. He also visited United States troops stationed at the Sigonella Air Base in Italy.

Trump's pending review of US climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that say little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"We had a great time here", Mrs. Trump said.

"I found him very willing to engage, very curious, with an ability and desire to ask questions and to learn from all his interlocutors", said Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, the G7 summit's host.

On Memorial Day weekend, the president said a "very proud" nation salutes the troops.

Trump will now have to face developments that his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner is under investigations for links with Russian officials.

"This trip has also been incredible for me as first lady".



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