Trump will meet Pope Francis and visit Saudi Arabia

President Trump

President Trump

Both the Vatican and the White House announced the meeting Thursday.

This is the latest into a term that a president has waited to travel outside the country since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

"These visits will take place ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation G-7 meetings and will begin with a truly historic gathering in Saudi Arabia with leaders from all across the Muslim world". Those stops were announced earlier this year. Trump has promised to make a major effort to resolve the generations-old dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.

His announcement came a day after he met the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.

Pope Francis will meet President Trump on his first official visit to Europe, the Vatican said Thursday (May 4).

"The trip provides a dramatic stage on which to act out his presidential role", Miller added.

The Palestinians want to create a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.

"We thought that that was a good place to start and look one of the biggest problems that we face in the world today is radical extremism and we have to combat", said the official. Meanwhile the Saudi Crown Prince said on his trip to Washington that Trump is a "true friend of Muslims".

Officials in Washington are reporting that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are conducting negotiations for a multi-billion-dollar arms deal.

In the briefing, three top Trump aides, who spoke on condition of not being named, sounded a slightly defensive note about Trump, whose broadsides against Islam during his campaign drew fire from American Muslims and from some foreign leaders of Muslim-majority states. Senior sources told Reuters Trump was expected to meet the Pope on May 24.

The US is not only a nation of faith, but also a nation of tolerance.

During President Barack Obama's tenure, relations with the Gulf States, and Saudi Arabia in particular, were strained over his administration's engagement with Iran.

Trump's administration is keen to fix the relationship with the regional power following tensions caused by the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran, reported The Independent.

The senior Administration officials cast the trip as a shift in Trump's foreign policy, away from the calculating isolationism Trump called for in his campaign toward a more internationalist view.

Every US presidents since Jimmy Carter has been to either Mexico or Canada, but both of these neighbours have a troubled relationship with Trump.

In a statement, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump will discuss with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu "a range of regional issues, including the need to counter the threats posed by Iran and its proxies, and by ISIS and other terrorist groups" and "discuss ways to advance a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians". Trump, at this stage, hasn't accepted, though a person close to Trudeau said he doesn't feel snubbed.