Trump describes his first official foreign trip as "a home run"

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With trouble facing him back home, U.S. President Donald Trump ended his nine-day overseas journey in dramatic fashion on Saturday, addressing U.S. troops at a campaign-style rally.

Speaking to members of the US military on Memorial Day weekend, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to ramping up military spending and supporting men and women in the armed services.

While in Israel, Trump was the first sitting United States president to visit the Western Wall.

First Lady of the United States, Melania and her husband, Donald have ended their first worldwide trip. "You are the metal spine forged out of the fire of American strength". Only five of NATO's 28 members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined.

"Do you notice how much stronger we're getting, are you feeling it?"

Daniela Schwarzer, research director at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin, said the trip had confirmed Trump's "zero-sum game" view of the world in which you are either a victor or a loser and relationships are transactional.

The moment was part of the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, alongside Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

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Just before departing for Washington, D.C., Trump will speak to American and allied servicemen and their families, recapping highlights and accomplishments of the trip.

Leaders of seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration more time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

He also visited Israel and the West Bank in the Middle East, where he held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"If Trump really wants to go down a path of isolation, it will only speed up China's rise to the top", one senior German official grumbled. For the first time, there were protests against him, albeit not very large, thanks to the mayor whose party leader, Beppe Grillo, admires Trump.

Those first three stops, though, was largely ceremonial - added relatively late as a way to emphasize Trump's respect for the three Abrahamic religions.

Mr 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 his view, their failure to do so unfairly burdened US taxpayers - an opinion other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members do not share, a sentiment made clear by their facial expressions as he spoke.