- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

President Obama will make his 52nd and final trip abroad as president next month, and his two-continent itinerary is not how you’d plan your family vacation.

Mr. Obama will travel to Greece and Germany beginning on Nov. 14, then head back across the Atlantic Ocean to Peru to attend a summit. He’ll return to Washington on Nov. 21.

His 52 international trips are three more than Republican George W. Bush completed in two terms. President Bill Clinton had 54 overseas trips, while Ronald Reagan had only 25.

The White House said Mr. Obama’s trip will underscore his “commitment to trans-Atlantic solidarity, a strong and integrated Europe, and to cooperation with our Asia Pacific partners.”

NATO allies are nervous about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments demanding that member states pay their fair share of the costs for the alliance. The White House also said Mr. Obama wants to show his appreciation for Greece’s “remarkable generosity” toward refugees and migrants.

Mr. Obama will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on his sixth visit to Germany to review the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and issues raised by Great Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

In Peru, Mr. Obama will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ summit, where he’ll try to reassure various leaders of the U.S. commitment for his stalled free-trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton are opposed to the pact, which Congress has not approved.

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