Trump Returns, Reportedly Considering Major Personnel Shake-Up At White House

"Maybe I'll stay down with you and celebrate together and just wave", Trump joked to the several hundred United States service members and their families who crowded into an airplane hangar here to see him off. On his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the United States president stated that the Palestinian leader "assured me he's willing to reach for peace with Israel in good faith", and told the crowd that "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured me that he too was ready to reach for peace".

President Donald Trump says he'll make a final decision next week on whether the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement.

He says, "it allows you to communicate in a discreet manner".

Trump, whose Marine One helicopter landed from Taormina to the soaring soundtrack of the "Air Force One" movie, emerged from two days of closed door summitry to declare his trip a success.

In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets.

The president vowed to provide troops with new equipment and vehicles, and touted his budget proposal - which calls for a $54 billion increase in defense spending for the next fiscal year - as an indication of his commitment to the military.

"Terrorism is a threat, bad threat, to all of humanity", Mr. Trump said.

The 36-year-old Kushner, a real estate developer with no previous government experience, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

President Donald Trump couldn't return home from his first foreign trip without taking a quick victory lap. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the United States about setting up secret communications with Moscow.

The U.S. leader said he believes both Netanyahu and Abbas sincerely wanted peace in the troubled region.

Trump betrayed no awkwardness at relishing the warm embrace of one of the world's most oppressive governments.

"We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship", Trump said.

First Lady Melania Trump has been on a busy trip with President Donald Trump this week.

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As the G-7 summit drew to a close Saturday, the six other members - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan - renewed their commitment to the accord.

Instead, he got in a golf cart and the American president's mini-motorcade drove the route alone, Trump once more having charted his own course. That followed a debate with Trump that German Chancellor Angela Merkel described as "very dissatisfying".

The president's trip has largely gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to birth a new coalition to fight terrorism, while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share.

Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators a year ago as they began scrutinising former national security adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters.

  • Leroy Wright