President Donald Trump's first trip overseas since entering the White House won't be hindered by the growing controversies surrounding his presidency, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross insisted Saturday.
"The president is interested in managing the affairs of the country, making it a better place for business and for the citizens," Ross told Bloomberg in an interview as he left the Saudi-U.S. CEO Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. "He's going to keep doing that."
His comments echoed those made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, reports The Hill.
Tillerson told reporters Thursday that he believes people in the rest of the world "do not have the time to pay attention to what's happening domestically here."
"They are more concerned about what they see happening in the relationship with their country," Tillerson commented.
Trump left Washington Friday for a nine-day trip, stopping first Saturday in Riyadh before moving on to Israel, the Vatican, Brussels and then to Italy, where he will attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit.
Ross also lauded the $110 billion defense bill Trump signed with Saudi Arabia, saying the measure involved "twenty-three new licenses and then all of these contracts. I can't imagine another business day that's been as good for the United States and the Kingdom," Ross said.
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