Other leaders of the Group of Seven nations had viewed with trepidation their summit, held at a cliff-top hotel overlooking the Mediterranean, after four preparatory meetings failed to clear up differences with the Trump administration on trade, how to deal with Russian Federation and climate change.
Trump said he had helped forge more global cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants, a threat he said was underscored by a suicide bomber in Manchester, England, and the killing of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
The President said he was more confident than ever that the will existed for nations to work together against the terrorists that launched recent attacks in Manchester, England, and in Egypt.
By the time he got to Sicily, Trump probably wished he were back at the glittering sword-dance ceremony in the Middle East, where various parties - Israelis, Palestinians, Saudis - need the US for trade, peace and protection.
And in Brussels, NATO leaders chafed at Trump's lecture, which did not acknowledge member states' recent increases in military spending nor did it include a reaffirmed USA commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pledge, in light of Trump's disparaging comments about the alliance during his campaign. Only five members now meet the target, but the other nations are committed to the goal by 2024.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech Sunday that Germany and other European countries could no longer depend on the USA for security.
The president thanked the troops and their families for their service to America, and said the USA will win the fight against terrorism.
Trump skipped the traditional end-of-trip news conference to avoid facing questions about a host of problems he faces upon his return to Washington later on Saturday. Meanwhile, the search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director continues. The GOP health care bill that passed the House faces uncertain prospects in the Senate, after a Congressional Budget Office analysis that it would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026.
US President Donald Trump opted to walk a few hundred yards to the Air Force One rather than jump into the presidential limousine after his speech at the US Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. The president's budget was widely criticized for deep cuts to safety net programs. And some are starting to question the chances for Trump's pledge to overhaul the USA tax code.
Trump is wrapping up his first trip overseas as president and returning to the US on Saturday. And in the heart of Europe, Trump berated NATO allies over their financial commitments and would not explicitly endorse the "one for all, all for one" defense doctrine that has been the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic security for decades.
But when Trump spoke, he sounded like anything but a typical US president.
After the G-7 summit of economically advanced countries, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home.
"Our travels took us to some of the holiest sites in the three Abrahamic religions, and to gatherings of both America's oldest and newest friends". The meeting with Merkel came just a day after Trump reportedly called Germans "bad".
Trump also took what in his mind were important steps toward Middle East peace - by getting Israel and the Saudis to unite behind their shared enmity toward Iran, even if his gestures were lacking details in a region where the details are all that matters. But he also held one-on-one meetings with the leaders of Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany.
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