Greg Heffer, News Reporter
Donald Trump is said to be a reluctant traveller but he is embarking on a nine-day journey across the Middle East and Europe.
Leaving behind a scandal over his sacking of FBI chief James Comey, Mr Trump will no doubt hope his foreign excursion will deflect some of the attention away from his domestic troubles.
Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be strongly protecting American interests – that’s what I like to do!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2017
Having championed his “America First” cause, the President’s first overseas visit comes later than his immediate predecessors in the White House, Barack Obama and George W Bush.
What is Trump’s itinerary?
Saturday 20 May
Mr Trump will visit Saudi Arabia to meet the country’s ruler King Salman as well as other members of the royal family.
Sunday 21 May
The President will hold talks with the leaders of Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE and Kuwait.
He will then attend the Arab Islamic American summit where Mr Trump will deliver a speech on “the need to confront radical ideology” and his hopes for a “peaceful vision of Islam across the world”.
Mr Trump and King Salman will later officially open a counter-terror centre before the President takes part in a Twitter forum with young people.
Monday 22 May
Arriving in Israel, Mr Trump will meet with the country’s president Reuven Rivlin before laying a wreath at a Holocaust memorial.
The President will then meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the leaders and their wives have dinner together.
Tuesday 23 May
Mr Trump will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
He will then visit holy sites the Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Wednesday 24 May
The President will meet Pope Francis, who has previously criticised Mr Trump, in the Vatican City before touring St Peter’s Basilica.
After talks with Italy’s prime minister Paolo Gentiloni and president Sergio Mattarella, Mr Trump will travel to Brussels to meet EU bosses.
Thursday 25 May
Mr Trump and his wife Melania will meet King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium as well as the country’s prime minister Charles Michel.
The President will then have a working lunch with new French president Emmanuel Macron before visiting NATO’s new headquarters in the Belgian capital.
After unveiling a memorial in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall, Mr Trump and German chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a brief news conference.
The ceremony will precede a working dinner of NATO leaders.
Friday 26 May
Mr Trump will hold talks with Mr Gentiloni in Sicily ahead of a G7 summit on the Italian island.
Saturday 27 May
The G7 summit will continue for a second day before Mr Trump concludes his trip with a press conference and an address to US troops.
Sunday 28 May
The President returns to America.