As a deeply private person, Melania Trump has chosen to stay largely out of the public eye since becoming first lady. That’s why it came as a welcome surprise this week when she announced that she will be stepping things up this month in a big way.
Fortune reported that Melania will be joining her husband on his first foreign trip as president. A White House spokesman confirmed that Melania will be with Donald Trump for the “entire trip,” though her schedule for it has not yet been made public. It is not clear whether the couple’s 11 year-old son Barron will be joining them as well.
President Trump is scheduled to travel to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Italy before attending the NATO G-7 meetings in Brussels at the end of the month. While in Saudi Arabia, Trump will meet with King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz to discuss ways to combat terrorist groups and “discredit radical ideologies,” according to a statement. He will then head to Israel, where he will meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to talk about the threats posed by terrorist groups like ISIS, as well as ways “to advance a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”
During his time in Italy, Trump will go to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis to discuss “cooperation between the United States and religious communities in areas of joint concern,” the statement read.
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