Trump has an extensive foreign tour planned for the next few weeks, and the security is set to be extra tight at every stage of his journey.
Over the past week a lot of digital ink has been spilled trying to preview and predict what will take place during Trump's first official mammoth visit abroad, when over the next 8 days after an overnight flight on Air Force One, Trump will hopscotch from Saudi Arabia to Israel to the Vatican. He’ll close his trip with a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily. The stakes are great for Trump who makes his debut on the international stage: he’s the first president since Jimmy Carter to not travel abroad during his first 100 days in office. And he’ll depart under a cloud of controversy, even as his media troubles intensified with fresh news on the Russia probe and his "Comey is a nut job" remark.
There is just one problem with all of these nuanced, carefully constructed previews of Trump's trip: they will all end up wrong, as there is simply no possible way of knowing or predicting all the potential permutations that could emerge from unleashing one President Trump upon the world.
What we do know, however, is that never before has so much planning and organization gone into the diplomatic visit by a US head of state (and not only: nearly all of Trump’s senior White House officials are traveling with him. First lady Melania Trump will also be on the trip, headlining her own events on each stop). Because while readers may have heard of armored vehicles for world leaders and A-list celebs, Trump is about to get his own armored hotel suite.
According to NBC, as part of Trump trip, an unprecedented security operation has been launched that aims to envelop the president and his 1,000-person entourage during his visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem next week. Trump's accommodation during the second stop on his trip will be a bomb-proof, poison gas-proof and bulletproof hotel room built to withstand the collapse of the entire building, according to Sheldon Ritz, operations manager for Jerusalem's King David Hotel.
Speaking to NBC, Ritz said that "the presidential suites have independent air conditioning in case of a gas attack and are built to withstand a RPG [rocket-propelled grenade]," he said of the super-luxurious suites that cost around $5,700 per night. "But still the U.S. is bringing rocket-proof glass to put in front of the window."
"If the whole hotel blows up the suite will come down in one piece, so maybe a few broken bones, but they will be alive," said Ritz, adding that the King David would become a "mini White House."
That probably won't happen: in order to prevent explosives-laden cars from ramming the hotel, two buses full of heavy equipment will be placed at the entrance to the main road. Balloons carrying infrared cameras will float above the building while bomb-spotting robots will lurk in sewers beneath it.
Then there's the food: every piece of food meant for Trump certified as safe, with a tester overseen by Israeli and U.S. security officials perusing every meal destined for the President and his family. The hotel, which has been targeted before, most famously in 1946 when militant Zionists fighting for an independent state bombed the building and killed 91, is only part of the plan to safeguard the president. Israel's Operation "Blue Shield" will involve undercover police, special patrols, motorcycle officers, sniffer dogs and helicopters.
Meanwhile, Trump will be surround by a veritable army as more than 10,000 police officers will be tasked with securing his trip throughout Jerusalem, a place which is not exactly known for its peace and stability: "The level of security will be at its highest," said Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israeli police. "It is a top priority that there is close coordination with the U.S., making sure the visit goes exactly according to plan."
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