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Melania Will Join President Trump On First Trip Abroad

| by Lauren Briggs

When President Donald Trump travels abroad for this first time since he took office, first lady Melania Trump will be by his side.

"Of course she will be joining her husband for the entire trip, and yes, she will be making several public appearances," the first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told the Washington Examiner.

Melania has come under fire for deciding to live in New York City with the couple's 11-year-old son, Barron, as he completes the school year in the city, although she said that they would follow the president to the White House some time during the summer, according to NBC News.

During her time in New York, the first lady has been decorating and furnishing her new home in anticipation of her move, as well as researching schools for Barron. She has visited the White House on a handful of occasions, and her aides said she will play a more public role in politics as soon as she and her son move to Washington, D.C.

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The president announced on May 4 that later in the month, he will travel to Israel, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia, a trip he said would be "major and historic" due to the religious implications of his trip, notes the Washington Examiner.

"Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam, and it is there that we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies, to combat extremism, terrorism and violence," added Trump during a speech that he gave in the White House's Rose Garden. "And to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries."

Trump said he will visit the countries in advance of the NATO G-7 meetings by what he called  "truly historic gathering" of "leaders from all across the Muslim world" in Saudi Arabia.

"Our task is not to dictate to others how to live, but to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity and stability to the war-ravaged Middle East," he explained. "We all pray that we can make a difference. We pray for peace."

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A senior administration official said the tour is intended to show that the president can still be a world leader while employing his "America First" policies.

"We chose these three places because we really wanted to focus on how we can unite all the different countries and all the different religions in the fight against intolerance and radicalization," explained an official.

Sources: Washington Examiner (2), NBC News / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding/Wikimedia Commons

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