President Donald Trump returns home from his first foreign trip the world is presented with two contrasting images from this major foreign policy benchmark.
The G-7 summit is the last stop in Trump's hectic five-stop nine-day tour that began early this week in Saudi Arabia and included visits to Israel and Vatican City - locations pivotal to Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
The Guardian newspaper's Jon Henley, the paper's European affairs correspondent, argued in his assessment of Trump's visit: "It may, mercifully, have passed off without apocalyptic mishap, but Donald Trump's first transatlantic trip as USA president still left European leaders shaken". "Together we'll overcome this threat". He has signaled he will make a decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
The last of those three would bear itself out by the end of the week, taking a more ominous form with the revelation that the adviser the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now taking a closer look at is, in fact, one of the president's top advisers, his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, turned his end-of-summit news conferences into epic affairs, often taking questions from almost every USA reporter who traveled on the trip. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who appeared with Cohn at a briefing late Friday, quickly jumped in to reiterate that Trump would make a decision based "on what's best for the American people".
And then there was his speech at the NATO mini-summit in Brussels, a meeting held in part to reaffirm the significance of the organisation in the Trump era, after Trump himself had declared it obsolete while campaigning for the White House.
The President was received with pomp and fanfare in Saudi Arabia and with open arms in Israel as both nations sought to reaffirm their relationship with the United States, a sentiment Donald Trump reciprocated.
President Donald Trump is in Taormina, Sicily for a second day of meetings with Group of Seven wealthy nation leaders.
Germany has fallen short of its commitments, which is not good. Under the G-7 agreement, the Trump administration will be given more time to consider whether it will remain committed to the 2015 Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.
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Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Mr Trump's campaign and aides have been exploring whether they can adjust the framework of the deal even if they do not opt out entirely.
Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, gave Trump a chance to square U.S. government policy with the vitriol of his campaign on Islam and terrorism.
Trump was hoping to escape the increasingly gloomy specter of the federal probe into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation as he departed on his first foreign trip last Friday. They spend domestically on weapons or other defense-related needs.
It takes much for the otherwise unadventurous USA Today to stake any claim of accurate reportage, let alone tough critique, but in a piece on the president's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation adventure, the paper concluded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members were "not in arrears in military spending", nor were they "in debt to the United States".
So they were surprised when Trump used the unveiling of NATO's new headquarters in Brussels Thursday to scold leaders for forcing the U.S.to shoulder the organization's defense burden.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted that his first focus at the meetings will be on terrorism. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.
President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.
In Washington, though, a newly appointed special counsel is just beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Kushner's lawyer said he will cooperate with investigators.
Trump, on the other hand, seems to see such global organizations as debating societies that are "all talk", when what the world needs now is more action.