May 19, 2017

Trump is wheels up on his first foreign trip

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump waves before they boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, May. 19, 2017, for his first foreign trip, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, and a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

What to expect from the trip.

And the two big stories that broke after he took off:

  1. Firing "nut job" Comey eased pressure on me, Trump told Russians
  2. Senior WH official under scrutiny in Russia probe

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