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Saudi Arabia Ready to Serve Steak and Ketchup: How Nations Prepared for President Trump’s First Foreign Trip

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Let him eat steak.

White House aides are reportedly nervous about how President Donald Trump will manage the pressures of foreign travel on his high-stakes, nine-day tour that kicked off Friday. But according to a new report, he’ll have at least one comfort of home when he visits Saudi Arabia — a well-done steak with a side of ketchup.

People in the country who are familiar with the plans for Trump’s visit told the Associated Press that caterers intend to serve the president his favorite meal, alongside the more traditional local dish of lamb and rice. All meat will be butchered in the halal manner according to Islamic custom.

The Trump-customized menu is part of what the AP is calling a “worldwide effort” to keep the president happy on his trip that also includes stops in Israel, Rome, Brussels and Sicily.

The tour, which comes days after a Justice Department special prosecutor began work investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, marks Trump’s first overseas trip since taking office.

“Trump’s hosts on his upcoming trip are well-aware of his aversion to travel and are trying to make accommodations to keep him happy,” the AP reported.

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For leaders looking to please the president as he makes his debut on the world stage, The New York Times has published a list of tips for meeting with Trump.

The guidelines — which come from foreign officials who have already met with the president, and their Washington consultants — include:

  • “Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span.
  • Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention.
  • Compliment him on his Electoral College victory.
  • Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama.
  • Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign.
  • Stay in regular touch.
  • Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory”

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Aides and critics alike acknowledge that the packed trip would be a taxing one for any leader, let alone for 70-year-old Trump, a creature of habit who since taking office has routinely sought refuge at his Trump-branded resorts.

As the AP notes, this will be President Trump’s first night spent away from the White House at a property that doesn’t bear his name.