President Trump said Friday he will be "strongly protecting American interests" during his first foreign trip.
"Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be strongly protecting American interests—that's what I like to do!" Trump tweeted.
Trump departs for his eight-day trip Friday afternoon. He'll visit five countries — Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, Vatican City and Belgium — and attend NATO and G-7 summits.
First lady Melania Trump will accompany him.