US President Donald Trump has concluded his first official trip overseas as president boasting the nine-day tour that took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium, was "a home run" without elaborating.
"My husband worked very hard on behalf of our country, and I'm very proud of him", she said.
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. After the G-7 summit of economically advanced countries, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home.
The White House had hoped to use Trump's five-stop trip as a moment to reset. It was a message the region's autocratic leaders were pleased to hear following eight years of criticism on the issue from Obama."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 United States of America on this anymore?'" said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and worldwide affairs at Princeton.Things started going downhill for Trump, though, in Rome.
The highlight of Trump's trip was the signing of a $110 billion weapon sales deal with Saudi Arabia, prompting intense criticism from worldwide rights groups and some U.S. lawmakers over the regime's appalling human rights record and its ongoing military aggression against neighboring Yemen, which has killed and wounded thousands and destroyed the impoverished nation's major infrastructure.
The questions have been intensified in the wake of disclosures on Friday that a senior adviser, Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with the Russians in December about opening a secret back channel of communications with Moscow.
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.
In addition to thanking the troops, Trump used the last stop of his nine-day jaunt through Europe and the Middle East to recount what he saw as the expedition's successes, saying: "I think we hit a home run no matter where we are".
"It's only fair to the United States".
"Money is actually starting to pour into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from countries that would not have been doing what they're doing now, had I not been elected, I can tell you that", the president said. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.
James Comey, the former FBI director who led the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation. 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. And some are starting to question the chances for Trump's pledge to overhaul the USA tax code.