Trump Sticks to Script on Saudi Visit

At this rate, Donald Trump might never want to come home.

In Saudi Arabia, the first stop on his marathon first trip outside the U.S. as president, he rubbed shoulders with sheikhs and kings, scooped up $110 billion in defense deals, and delivered a well-received speech on combating terror. He’s on to Israel today to pursue what he’s called the ultimate deal, Middle East peace.

Back in Washington, it’s a different story. The FBI director Trump reportedly called a “nut job” a day after firing him has agreed to testify publicly. Someone in Trump’s inner circle — quite possibly someone in the entourage for his trip — emerged as a “person of interest” in the FBI investigation of contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, according to the Washington Post. He’s delivering a budget to Congress Tuesday that Republicans effectively will ignore, but could garner negative headlines with its call for steep cuts to programs for the poor.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.