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Dave Lawler May 19, 2017
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Trump's foreign debut follows brutal week

AP

After a week in which the White House seemed to be collapsing around him, President Trump will depart Friday on his first foreign trip as president, beginning in Saudi Arabia.

Over the course of 49 hours starting Monday night, reports emerged that 1. He disclosed top secret intel to Russia 2. He asked James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn 3. A special prosecutor had been appointed in the Russia probe.

Thursday didn't bring a bombshell on that scale, but Trump took questions about those potential crises for the first time, and there were a number of significant developments. For one, it became clearer than ever that Trump has not heard the last of James Comey.