President Donald Trump's maiden worldwide trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test overseas for the chaos-courting president.
Such accounts have spooked some officials, considering McMaster is the lead player in setting up the Modi visit since the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not shown any great interest in the India portfolio. What point is the administration trying to make here?
"I will strengthen old friendships and seek new partners, but partners who also help us, not partners who take, and take, and take", Trump said in his commencement address.
And yes, this message will come from the same person who proposed a "Muslim ban" during the campaign and has said things in the past that have been widely perceived as being opposed to the Islamic religion. (But, I am guessing, unfortunately, that a lot of Trump voters still don't see it, because if they didn't see it during the campaign, I am guessing the same blinders remain in place).
Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, and it isn't a coincidence.
And the day was capped by the even more stunning revelation that the president had prodded Comey to drop an investigation into Michael T. Flynn, his former national security adviser.
The next day, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council, which consists of six energy rich Middle Eastern countries.
Trump is widely expected to unveil a massive arms deal in Saudi Arabia, and will huddle with leaders of Muslim-majority nations to discuss how to respond to Iran's power projection in the region.
The White House Counsel's office represents the presidency, but aides are making the case to Trump that he needs an outside legal team for this probe. There is vast pressure on his advance teams of young, inexperienced staffers who negotiate the stagecraft of Trump's encounters with foreign leaders and prepare agendas of meetings. As Democrats talk about possible obstruction of justice and dream of removing Trump from office, the president and his allies reject that he bears responsibility for his woes.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has called on Republicans to stand up and fight for President Donald Trump.
In Israel, Trump will meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looking to smooth over fresh tensions.
As the President was meeting with four finalists for the suddenly vacant Federal Bureau of Investigation post Wednesday, some aides hoped a quick decision could help turn the corner on another week that had already become one of the toughest of his nascent presidency.
The first lady is joining the president for some events, but will participate in other events on her own. He also said the press should be banished to a nearby Starbucks and that Spicer should take questions from the American people.
KEITH: Well, President Trump had previously said that he thought North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was obsolete. Ivanka Trump wants to hear about the challenges women in the country face and the progress they have made, the official said. "It is a danger to the country right now", Gingrich, a staunch supporter of Trump, was quoted as saying by Politico.
Trump will then have a working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. "The system may be failing, but it is Trump who is picking which buttons to press", The Post reported.
Trump is then expected to reaffirm his commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation while unveiling the security bloc's memorial, in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall and segment of the World Trade Center. "This is the best team since Eisenhower". Secretary of Defense James Mattis will accompany Trump for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and dinner.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's senior counselor who had been scheduled for an appearance on Fox News, abruptly canceled. "He's already a president viewed skeptically by much of the world".
The White House isn't releasing a comprehensive itinerary for Mrs. Trump, citing security concerns.