The Hill reports:
President Trump set off Friday for his first foreign trip, a nine-day, five-stop tour of the Middle East and Europe that comes amid turmoil at home. rump said in a Friday morning tweet he’s excited for the trip.
He tweeted Friday morning: “Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be strongly protecting American interests – that’s what I like to do!” The president’s trip will be shadowed by the growing controversy at home over his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey last week set off a firestorm in Washington that resulted in the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the probe. The situation has dashed hopes in the White House that the trip could have served as a reset for Trump’s chaos-filled presidency.