PHOTO: President Donald Trump plans to scale back on his own foreign travel. (photo via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
Donald Trump’s "America First" mantra apparently starts at the top.
According to a newly published report, the President told advisers to plan a lighter schedule of foreign travel than his recent predecessors, people familiar with the conversations told CNN.
The reason? Trump wants to focus on domestic issues.
According to the story, Trump’s thinking is to do many of his meetings and negotiations at The White House, where he believes he has something of a home-court advantage. He has already hosted four world leaders since his January inauguration and two more coming in this week: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ireland Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny.
Trump will certainly still travel overseas. Just not as much as his predecessors.
CNN noted that since President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, first-term presidents have traveled to a contiguous US neighbor before early April for their international debut. Barack Obama visited Canada on February 19, 2009; George W. Bush traveled to Mexico on February 16, 2001; Bill Clinton went to Canada April 3-4, 1993; George H.W. Bush journeyed to Mexico February 10, 1989; and Reagan stopped in Canada March 10-11, 1981, just days before he was shot and survived an assassination attempt.
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Unless there’s a change, Trump’s first trips abroad won't be until a Group of 7 meeting in Sicily during May, a May summit of NATO leaders in Brussels, and the G20 summit in Germany during July.
Aides told CNN to expect President Donald Trump to act just like CEO Donald Trump: Get on a plane, take care of business and get back on the plane.