DC Daily: Trump takes first overseas as president as administration problems mount

DC Daily: Trump takes first overseas as president as administration problems mount
Posted at 7:57 AM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 11:04:00-04

What's happening in the political world:

President takes first overseas trip
-- President Trump is heading to the Middle East Friday to begin his first overseas trip as Commander-in-Chief.

Trump's first stop on his trip will be in Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to give a speech.

He will then head to Israel for separate meetings with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump is also scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The president will then visit the Vatican, meeting Pope Francis for the first time.

From there, Trump will attend a NATO meeting in Belgium and then a G7 summit in Sicily, before heading back to the U.S.

All told, the trip is expected to last just over one week.

Friend of Comey claims Trump tried to compromise FBI head
-- A man who describes himself as a confidant of now-former FBI Director James Comey claims President Trump repeatedly tried to compromise Comey.

Benjamin Wittes, who runs a blog called Lawfare, described Comey as bothered by Trump's efforts to chit-chat with the FBI director, who traditionally is supposed to maintain a formal, clearly defined relationship with the president.

Wittes said the president repeatedly tried to woo Comey through phone calls, private sit-downs and even a hug.

Wittes' allegations, first told to The New York Times, revolve mostly around what he learned directly from Comey at a lunch with him at the FBI in late March, Wittes says.

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Senator: Russia probe seems to be criminal investigation
-- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he believes the investigation into Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 presidential election is now a criminal one.

Graham made the remarks after Robert Mueller, who was named special counsel in the Russia probe, met with several senators.

Mueller was named as special counsel on Wednesday, one day after a report surfaced that Trump had requested ex-FBI Director James Comey end any investigations involving National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russia.

Trump has called the ongoing Russia probe a "witch hunt."

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Biden says Clinton was never great candidate
-- Speaking at a conference in Las Vegas, former Vice President Joe Biden addressed numerous topics, including his thoughts on running for president, his time serving under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.

On the subject of Clinton, Biden said, "I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate."

Biden did say that "Hillary would have been a really good president."

Biden declined to run for president in 2016 following the death of his son.

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CNN contributed to this report