5 Takeaways From Trump’s First Overseas Trip As President

With his first trip abroad as president behind him, when President Trump lands in Washington overnight Saturday he arrives to a slew of controversies besieging his administration. It may be a rude awakening after what Trump called a “home run” of a trip.

The White House has remained largely quiet on controversies swirling at home and will likely seek to emphasize the president’s traveling successes in coming days. Trump and his aides hope to take a victory lap over his first overseas trip — a sweeping nine-day excursion through five different countries across the Middle East and Europe.

In Saudi Arabia, the president’s first stop abroad, Trump secured a massive arms sale, worth about $110 billion.

In Jerusalem, he shored up the United States’ relationship with Israel and reaffirmed his commitment to Middle East peacemaking.

And in Brussels, Trump ratcheted up his call for NATO members to bolster their defense spending in order to meet their treaty obligations.

Here are five takeaways from the president’s tumultuous trip.

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