Our 45th president, Donald J. Trump, just completed his first overseas trip as commander-in-chief.
What an overwhelming success for the administration and the American people!
Unlike the "appease and apologize" tours Americans were accustomed to seeing under the Obama administration, President Trump delivered what the world has been waiting to see from the U.S. for eight agonizing years - unwavering leadership and a reliability in partnering with our global allies.
The president and his wife Melania's first stop was in Saudi Arabia, where they received a warm welcome by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. During his two-day visit, President Trump signed a major weapons deal with the Saudis, essentially freeing American soldiers from the field of battle in the region by supplying high-tech weaponry to the Saudis. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was reported by Al-Jazeera as saying the arms agreement will help Saudi Arabia deal with "malign Iranian influence."
The president also attended a summit of more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders to discuss the fight against "extremism," as reported by multiple news agencies. Trump's bold speech on Islam called for increased unity in the fight against "radicalism" while characterizing the effort as a "battle between good and evil," wrote The Associated Press.
On the second leg of his journey, President Trump visited our strongest ally in the region, Israel, where he helped strengthen the U.S. relationship with Israel and reaffirmed his commitment to Middle East peace. He became the first sitting U.S. president to ever visit and pray at the Western Wall, considered by the Jewish people to be one of their holiest sites. Trump was accompanied by the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who was complimentary of the president's commitment to the Israeli people.
"(Trump) said that he understands the significance of the Western Wall for the Jewish people and that's why he decided to visit here during his first trip to Israel," Rabinowitz said. "He is certain he will come here again, perhaps many times. He was very moved," Reuters reported.
"America's security partnership with Israel is stronger than ever," Trump said during his visit. "Under my administration, you see the difference," the president was quoted as saying by The Washington Post.
The third leg of the president's overseas trip included a visit to Rome, Brussels and Vatican City for a meeting with Pope Francis, where they cordially discussed terrorism and the radicalization of young people, per a multiple-authored column last week in The New York Times.
Sadly, yet increasingly predictable, the mainstream media included in nearly all "news" reports of the president's monumental trip an intentionally distracting reference to the firing of James Comey and the progressive propagation of the conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign which liberals propose "must" be the reason Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.
Frankly, liberals are rapidly conniving their way to irrelevancy.
Regardless, President Trump continues leading the United States back to greatness.
And our "broad stripes and bright stars" are gleaming brighter for many Americans.
Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.