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The Monitor's View Trump’s fresh approach to the Middle East

By design, his first official trip abroad alights in the centers of three faiths, signaling hopes they can use their common roots to unite against terrorists and their supporters.

By example as much as by words, President Trump has used his maiden trip abroad to demonstrate a fresh direction for the Middle East, one that could be called ecumenical diplomacy. First he visited Islam’s birthplace, Saudi Arabia. Then he was off to Israel, the center of Judaism. And finally on May 24, he visits the Vatican, governing entity for about half the world’s Christians.