President Trump’s first trip abroad

George W. Bush’s first foreign destination as president was Mexico, a chance to showcase a relationship he built as Texas governor and had campaigned on as a credential for his ability to manage world affairs.

When Barack Obama ventured abroad for the first time after taking office, he went to Canada, a very traditional trip where adoring throngs responded to his campaign promise to restore America’s tarnished reputation overseas.

Despite the personalized choreography — Bush all smiles at Mexican President Vicente Fox’s ranch, Obama basking in affection from Canadian crowds — both trips were fundamentally low-risk, conventional forays into foreign policy. Baby steps across the world stage, in effect.

But President Trump’s first foreign voyage will instead be an astonishingly ambitious adventure — Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, a NATO summit in Brussels, and a gathering of the G-7 group of leading industrial nations in Sicily. He’s coming with a packed agenda of the weightiest issues in global affairs, like defeating ISIS, containing Iran, convincing the Muslim world to confront extremism, overhauling relations with crucial allies in Europe and Asia, and forging Middle East peace.

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. military personnel

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. military personnel at Naval Air Station Sigonella following the G7 Summit, in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. (Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)

U.S. military personnel take pictures

U.S. military personnel take pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump as he delivers remarks at the Naval Air Station Sigonella following the G7 Summit, in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. (Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)

President Donald Trump addresses the troops

President Donald Trump addresses U.S. military troops and their families at the Sigonella Naval Air Station, in Sigonella, Italy, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (Photo: Luca Bruno/AP)

President Donald Trump shakes hands as he arrives

President Donald Trump shakes hands as he arrives to speak to U.S. military troops and their families at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. (Photo; Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Naval Air Station Sigonella

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands as they arrive at the Naval Air Station Sigonella to visit U.S. troops before returning to Washington D.C. at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Trump poses with African leaders

L-R: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Ethiopiaís Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn pose following a family photo of the G7 Summit expanded session in Taormina, Sicily, Italy May 27, 2017.(Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ,next to Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi, speaks to President Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) sits next to Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) and speaks to U.S. President Donald Trump (R) as they attend a G7 expanded session during the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a concert

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a concert of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit in Sicily, Italy May 26, 2017. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Pool/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump gathers with (L-R) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britainís Prime Minister Theresa May as they attend the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump pose for a family photo with G7 leaders at the Ancient Greek Theater of Taormina, Friday, May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Italy. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

From L-R, European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britainís Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose for a family photo during the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017. (Photo: Tony Gentile/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

G7 leaders from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British Prime Minister Theresa May leave the podium after a group photo at the G7 Summit in the Ancient Theater of Taormina ( 3rd century BC) in the Sicilian citadel of Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks beside Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

G7 Summit members attend the first working session, with from bottom C, President of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May (hidden) and President of the European Council Donald Tusk, in Taormina in Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017. (Photo: Eliot Blondet/Pool/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump, right, talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. Leaders of the G7 meet Friday and Saturday, including newcomers Emmanuel Macron of France and Theresa May of Britain in an effort to forge a new dynamic after a year of global political turmoil amid a rise in nationalism. (Photo: Luca Bruno/AP)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump is surrounded by Secret Service for an event with fellow G7 leaders during their summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

Melania Trump, the wife of US President Donald Trump, right, and Emine Erdogan, the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose together during a group photo during the spouse and partner program at the Royal Palace of Laeken, near Brussels, on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Virginia Mayo/AP)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron before a lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

In this image taken from NATO TV, Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, second right, appears to be pushed by US President Donald Trump as they were given a tour of NATO’s new headquarters after taking part in a group photo, during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Photo: NATO TV via AP)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump (R) speaks beside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the start of the NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

(L-R) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, U.S. President Donald Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Voktor Orban and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May pose during a family photo at the start of NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wait the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron (unseen) before a lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump jokes with French President Emmanuel Macron about their handshakes in front of NATO leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (2ndR) and Belgium King Philippe (L), at the start of the NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo:Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

(From L) US President Donald Trump, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit ceremony at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017. (Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump’s first trip abroad

President Donald Trump arrives to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)

President Trump and France’s President Macron shake hands

President Donald Trump (L) and France’s President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

PresidentTrump shakes hands with French President Macron

President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Brussels. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump and the President of the European Council Tusk take their seats

President Donald Trump (R) and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk take their seats before their meeting at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump walks with the President of the European Council Tusk

President Donald Trump (R) walks with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Sicily prepares for the G7 summit

Italian soldiers and police stand at a checkpoint at a road leading up to the historic town of Taormina, which will host the upcoming G7 summit, on the island of Sicily on May 23, 2017 in Taormina, Italy. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose with the Belgium royals

President Donald Trump (2ndL) and first lady Melania Trump (R) pose with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium at the Palace in Brussels, Belgium, May 24, 2017. (Photo: Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

President Trump and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel shake hands

President Donald Trump (R) and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel shake hands at the Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, May 24, 2017. (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Protesters march in Brussels

Protesters dressed as the Statue of Liberty march during a demonstration in the center of Brussels on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Demonstrators marched in Brussels ahead of a visit of President Donald Trump and a NATO heads of state summit which will take place on Thursday. (Photo: Peter Dejong/AP)

President Trump arrives in Belgium

A Belgian flag blows in front of President Donald Trump as he arrives at Melsbroek Military Airport in Melsbroek, Belgium on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. President Trump is in Belgium to attend a NATO summit and to meet EU and Belgian officials. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

Secretary of State Tillerson speaks to reporters

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to reporters en route with President Donald Trump to a NATO summit in Brussels aboard Air Force One on May 24, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump walks with President Mattarella in Rome

President Donald Trump walks beside Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella (2nd R) at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump and first lady Melania visit the Sistine Chapel

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania visit the Sistine Chapel after a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. (Photo: Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters)

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Pope Francis

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Pope Francis, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Vatican. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Pope Francis walks past Ivanka Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

Pope Francis walks past Ivanka Trump, left, and First Lady Melania Trump on the occasion of the private audience with President Donald Trump, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Photo: Alessandra Tarantino, Pool/AP)

President Trump and first lady Melania arrive to meet Pope Francis

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania arrive to meet Pope Francis on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)