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President Trump, after his heated call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, will get plenty of chances to redeem himself as a diplomat in coming months. AP's Darlene Superville points out that readouts from his calls with world leaders reveal a spate of upcoming overseas travel, heavy on Europe:

  • Brussels: Trump agreed to attend a NATO leaders' meeting in late May, where he'll have to live down his "obsolete" gibe.
  • Italy: Trump promised Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni that he'd attend a late-May summit of G-7 industrial nations in Taormina, Italy.
  • Germany: Trump accepted the invitation of Angela Merkel to attend the G-20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany in early July.
  • UK: Trump will attend a state visit extended by Queen Elizabeth II, expected this summer.

Several leaders are expected to come to him this month, including Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Friday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Feb. 15, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau sometime this month.

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