Nearly a week after returning to the U.S., President Trump highlighted the importance of his first foreign trip as commander in chief for developing greater local responsibility for nations in the Middle East and Europe.
Trump said he discussed with foreign leaders the need for Middle Eastern nations to do more in regards to handling regional migration and preventing terrorism.
"In Saudi Arabia, I was honored to participate in a historic summit with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim and Arab nations, where King Salman and many other leaders expressed their desire to take on a greater role in defeating terrorists who murder innocents of all faiths," Trump said in his weekly address Friday.
He also stated that while in the Middle East he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Both President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu assured me they are ready to reach for peace," Trump said.
While in Europe, Trump said NATO members agreed to take on more financial responsibilities and "pay their fair share."
"Right now, it is not fair to the United States," Trump said in regards to the financial obligations of NATO, "But it soon will be."
Trump detailed the last part of his trip, the G7 summit, a meeting of world's seven major advanced economies. He focused on the need for refugees to be settled within the region of their home country.
"We worked to improve coordination on shared security threats, achieve more fair trade that gives workers a level playing field, and agreed on the goal that refugees should be resettled as close to their home countries as possible so they can be part of the future rebuilding," he said.
Trump also discussed the variety of places of religious importance and religious leaders that he and the first lady visited, including the Western Wall and Pope Francis, who Trump referred to as "a great guy."
Trump did not mention the United States' pending withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which he announced on Thursday.