The First International Visits Made by the US Presidents

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International visit by the US Presidents are an important part of US diplomacy. They are a means of strengthening relations and many-a-times important agreements are also signed during such visits which are beneficial for both the governments. However, it was only in the beginning of the 20th century that the first international visit by a sitting US president was made. The first international visit was made by President Theodore Roosevelt, who visited Panama from November 14 to 17, 1906. Here we would be talking about the first international trips made by the presidents of the United States starting from Donald Trump, the current president of the United States.

Donald Trump made his first international visit to Saudi Arabia on May 19, 2017. Donald Trump is the first President to choose Saudi Arabia as the first stop on a maiden visit.

Barack Obama, who served as the President from 2009 to 2017, had made a number of international visits during his eight years in office. But his first international visit was to Canada, which was undertaken on February 19, 2009.

George W Bush, who made his first visit to Mexico on February 16, 2001, discussed a number of issues such as migration, trade, battle against illegal drugs etc with President Vincente Fox.

Bill Clinton made the first international trip to Canada from April 3 to 4, 1993, where he attended a Summit Meeting, along with Boris Yeltsin, the then President of Russia. Apart from Obama, and Clinton, three other US Presidents made their first international visit to Canada. These were George HW Bush (February 10, 1989), Lyndon B Johnson (September 16, 1964), and John F Kennedy (May 16 -18, 1961). 

Gerald Ford made his first international Trip to Mexico. Gerald Ford visited Mexico on October 21, 1974. Both Jimmy Carter and Franklin D Roosevelt’s first trips were to the United Kingdom. D Eisenhower’s first international visit was to South Korea. Eisenhower visited the nation from December 2 to 5, 1952. Apart from Theodore Roosevelt, the other two US Presidents whose first international visit was made to Panama were William Howard Taft and Warren G Harding. While Taft visited Panama from January 29 to February 7, 1909, Harding visited the nation on November 24, 1920.

The table below provides information on when the US Presidents made their first international visit.

Name of President Date and Year Country
Donald Trump May 19, 2017 Saudi Arabia
Barack Obama Feb 19, 2009 Canada
George W. Bush Feb 16, 2001 Mexico
Bill Clinton April 3-4, 1993 Canada
George H. W. Bush Feb 10, 1989 Canada
Ronald Reagan Jan 5, 1981 Mexico
Jimmy Carter May 5-11, 1977 United Kingdom
Gerald Ford Oct 21, 1974 Mexico
Richard M. Nixon February 23-24, 1969 Belgium
Lyndon B. Johnson Sep 16, 1964 Canada
John F. Kennedy May 16-18, 1961 Canada
Dwight D. Eisenhower December 2-5, 1952 South Korea
Harry Truman July 15, 1945 Belgium
Franklin D. Roosevelt February 6-14, 1933 The Bahamas The Bahamas
Herbert Hoover Nov 26, 1928 Honduras
Calvin Coolidge January 15-17, 1928 Cuba
Warren G. Harding November 24, 1920 Panama
Woodrow Wilson November 18 – December 13, 1912 Bermuda
William Howard Taft January 29 – February 7, 1909 Panama
Theodore Roosevelt November 14-17, 1906 Panama

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