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Trump goes abroad. Nixon tried the same thing.

Nixon took off to the Middle East in a strong international position

Rachel Bronson | NYT 

President Trump left for the Middle East and Europe today, amid a domestic firestorm that is fanned by concerns over intelligence leaks and hints of obstruction of justice. Leaving home for foreign lands may seem to be just what the president needs, and his advisers can be forgiven for believing that a respite from domestic politics could be useful: Mr. Trump will probably be well received by foreign leaders, particularly those in the Middle East. But there are lessons from history that suggest that using international trips to quell investigations at home doesn’t work. ...

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 15:30 IST