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Workers hang Israeli and U.S. flags ahead of President Donald Trump's visit, Jerusalem, May 18, 2017 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).

What’s at Stake in Trump’s First Presidential Trip

Friday, May 19, 2017

Four months into his administration, U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign and national security policy is still a work in progress, a shifting, improvisational blend of diverse, sometimes conflicting themes and attitudes. It has elements of the traditional American approach to the world but also much that is unorthodox. When it comes to the Trump strategy, the traditional and the nontraditional seem locked in a daily struggle for dominance.

Now Trump is leaving on his first major international trip. In a best-case scenario, the results may indicate the direction he will take during the rest of his administration and demonstrate Trump’s ability to play the international leadership role as American presidents have done since the 1940s. For the time being, however, Trump has not been known for best-case scenarios. ...

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