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Trump travels tainted by week of controversy

Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 7:44 am PDT

President Trump waves as he boards Air Force One last month. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump will make stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and The Vatican

The White House has been plagued by several scandals over the 10 days

WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump travels to the Middle East and Europe this weekend, in his first trip abroad after taking office four months ago, and he will be trying to turn the page on a tumultuous week.

The first foreign destination for any president is expected to send a message, and for Trump, he’ll touch down in Saudi Arabia in the first leg of his travels.

The president is still overcoming some troubles on the home front, which experts believe are sure to dog him on his travels. This includes the appointment of a special counsel to investigate election Russian meddling.

As he prepares to make a stop in Israel, Israeli intelligence officials claim they’re concerned after Trump confirmed sharing information about a potential airline bomb threat by the Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The US president is also dealing with the repercussions of a questionable exchange during a news conference, where he was once again asked whether he tried to get former FBI Director James Comey to shut down his investigation into fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Trump refused to answer the question, and urged others to move on.

Another black eye for the Trump administration this week involves the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate his alleged ties to Russia.

Other stops on Trump’s trip include The Vatican, NATO headquarters in Brussels and the G7 meeting in Sicily, Italy where he may cross paths with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.