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Trump's first foreign trip to include the Vatican

By Ken Thomas

Donald Trump has said his first foreign trip as US president will feature stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, where he will meet Pope Francis.

The foray on to the world stage will also include meetings with Nato and a summit in Italy.

Senior administration officials said Mr Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first stop to show his commitment to improving US relations with the Muslim world.

Mr Trump, joining religious leaders in the Rose Garden yesterday, said his first foreign trip would "begin with a truly historic gathering in Saudi Arabia with leaders all across the Muslim world".

His trip will also give him the opportunity to connect with Catholics with his visit to see Pope Francis at the Vatican.

During the campaign, when asked about Mr Trump's border wall with Mexico, Francis famously said anyone who wants to build a wall is "not Christian".

Mr Trump shot back that it was "disgraceful" for a religious leader to question someone's faith.

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