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Trump Urged To ‘Do His Homework’ By State Diplomats Before Meeting With Foreign Leaders

As President Trump prepared to begin his first foreign trip on Friday, a former secretary of state was questioning his foreign-policy credentials.

Madeleine Albright, who became the first woman to head the State Department after former President Bill Clinton nominated her for the position in 1996, interviewed with CNN on Thursday.

“What keeps me up at night is that, in fact, this president is not well enough prepared to deal with the myriad of issues out there which are very complicated. What keeps me up at night is there is not a full team that is working at the State Department that, and all the questions about what is happening inside the White House. That’s what worries me because there is an awful lot happening, and we have a president that doesn’t seem to do his homework.”

Trump and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to travel to five countries in the Middle East and Europe. They plan to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican and attend NATO and G7 meetings. The Hill reported that Albright urged the president to refrain from tweeting while he is abroad. “He has to keep his mind on what he’s doing. He represents the United States,” she told CNN host Chris Cuomo. “And I hope, even though we seem to be setting kind of a low bar for this trip if he just doesn’t make mistakes, I hope that there is not one single tweet about anything during the nine days that he’s gone.”

The trip might give Trump a break from multiple controversies plaguing the White House. He is under fire for giving classified intelligence information to Russian officials. Also, the administration has offered conflicting explanations of why the president fired FBI Director James Comey last week. Trump admitted to NBC News that he wanted agents to stop investigating allegations that members of his campaign team conspired with the Russians to influence the outcome of the election.

According to Comey, the president asked him in February to drop the bureau’s probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who allegedly promised the Russian ambassador to the United States that Trump would lift sanctions the Obama administration slapped on Russia in response to the election tampering. Flynn reportedly received payments from Russia and Turkey, which is illegal for a retired military officer.

According to Wikipedia, Albright teaches international relations at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs the Albright Stonebridge Group and is a member of the board of directors at Council of Foreign Relations.

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