As the White House was engulfed by a crisis of its own making - the abrupt firing of the FBI director - President Trump received an unlikely visitor: Henry Kissinger, the Republican Party's leading elder statesman, who came to deliver a tutorial on foreign affairs last Wednesday ahead of the president's first overseas trip.
On foreign soil, Trump will have to navigate diplomatic land mines — from negotiating peace between the Israelis and Palestinians to reassuring jittery European allies to following protocol in greeting Pope Francis.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller have spent time preparing the president, while key lawmakers - including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and its ranking Democrat, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.) - have offered input as well, though not directly to Trump.
Trump is soliciting counsel from some outsiders such as Kissinger but has largely kept his circle confined to real-world practitioners and administration insiders - a reflection of the White House's view that input from academic experts, authors and other thought leaders is less valuable because they have not achieved practical success.
Trump will be visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.
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