An exhausted President Donald Trump returned to the U.S. May 28 after a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe.
A photo shows the president and First Lady Melania Trump returning to U.S. soil looking exhausted. His first foreign trip had him traveling through five countries in nine days. Although he declares the trip to have been a success, other foreign leaders disagree and were troubled by the U.S. president's stubbornness and refusal to answer questions.
Throughout his trip, Mr. Trump had trouble keeping up with his jam packed schedule. On May 22, The Independent reports that he sent his daughter, Ivanka, to speak at an event in Saudi Arabia because he was too tired.
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the president also deviated from a prepared speech about fighting Islamist extremism, causing controversy.
"[He's just] an exhausted guy," said a White House official, explaining the slip-up.
Mr. Trump also made headlines days later, near the end of his trip, when he delayed a photo-op at the G7 summit because was too tired to walk 700 yards. The British prime minister, as well as the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, all walked up the hilly town of Taormina, Sicily, while Mr. Trump stayed behind. He eventually joined the other leaders after being driven up the hill in a golf cart, The Huffington Post reports.
Trump returned home late May 28, but not before declaring his visit a success.
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"We have been gone for a long time," he said at the Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, according to CNN. "Everywhere I go -- we have been gone close to nine days, this will be nine days -- I think we hit a home run no matter where we are."
Foreign leaders, however, expressed their disappointment after meeting Mr. Trump, noting that they weren't able to make any progress on key issues. Despite pressure from other leaders, Mr. Trump refused to abandon promises to withdraw from a climate change agreement.
Mr. Trump also avoided speaking the with press, possibly to avoid questions regarding Russia's role in his election to president. Multiple G7 leaders worried if they could trust Mr. Trump to ever confront Russian President Vladimir Putin, especially after a U.S. intelligence analysis confirms that the Russians did in fact meddle in his campaign.
However, as he returns home, he won't be able to avoid questioning for much longer. Already, The Huffington Post reports that his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, planned to set up secret communications with Moscow during the presidential transition. The administration will likely add more attorneys and crisis communication experts as the controversy unfolds.
“They need to quarantine this stuff and put the investigations in a separate communications operation,” said Jack Quinn, who served as a White House counsel for former President Bill Clinton.