What Trump’s Fans And Foes Think Will Happen On His Middle East Trip

President Trump soon sets off on his first foreign trip, traveling to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, and Brussels. With his administration in turmoil, expectations are all over the place.

Aaron David Miller, CNN:Trump’s First Foreign Trip Will Be A Reality Check

Scholar Aaron David Miller describes Trump’s trip as one ripe for a temporary break from the political madness at home and an opportunity to repudiate not only Obama’s past efforts in the region, but some of the positions and rhetoric Trump adopted as a candidate but is slowly backing away from.

Robert Satloff, New York Daily News:Trump Can Set Big Things In Motion On His Mideast Trip: It’s An Opportunity To Begin To Correct Our Flawed Foreign Policy

Satloff, executive director of the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, implores Trump not to “limit himself to symbolism.” Satloff proposes Trump use the trip as an opportunity to forge global ties with Muslim leaders in an effort to stem the tide of Islamic extremism and apply his “art of the deal” tactics to pressure Palestinians on internal reform and bringing the two sides to the negotiating table.

Richard Haass, USA Today:Donald Trump’s Trip To Saudi Arabia, Israel And Rome Is Test Of Nerves. Ours.

Both foreign leaders and American citizens will be hoping Trump can ease their jittery nerves by sticking to the script, says Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass.

Ron Paul, The New American:President Trump: Cancel Your Saudi Trip, Play More Golf

The former Republican presidential candidate who favors isolationism exhorts President Trump to live by his “America First” policies and just stay home. Rather than entangling the U.S. in further commitments abroad, says Paul, it’s time to focus on problems at home.

Sarah Posner, The Washington Post:Trump’s Overseas Trip Must Be Canceled. The Risks Are Too Great

Though Sarah Posner, a progressive, supports the cancelation of the trip like Paul — she does so not for any ideological reason but because she believes his actions over the previous weeks prove he is simply too incompetent and ill-equipped for such an ambitious foreign trip.

Steven Davidson is an editorial fellow at The Forward.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.
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