Trump’s first foreign trip shows the importance of religion

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Crux, 20 May 2017

Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state for President Bill Clinton, argued that American foreign policy neglected the role of religion, and that it should be engaged as a potential force for peace. No doubt that she would be surprised that Donald Trump would be the president to build his first foreign trip on those premises by choosing to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican.

That infant presidency of Donald Trump has not been short on surprises, most of them destabilizing, but what should religious believers think about the president’s surprising decision to make his first foreign trip a tour of religious capitals?

Breaking with the precedent of an American president making his first foreign visit to Canada - though George W. Bush opted to go to Mexico first - Trump departs Washington on Friday to visit Mecca, Jerusalem and Rome, before squeezing in a few days of sybaritic summitry typical of NATO and the G7.

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