WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Mitt Romney embarks Tuesday on a six-day trip to England, Israel, and Poland, offering Americans a glimpse of how he might perform on the world stage if he’s elected president.
The presumptive Republican nominee and former Massachusetts governor will meet with the leaders of all three countries, other government officials, opposition leaders, and at least one U.S. ambassador. He plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics, visit sites of historical significance, and hold public events in at least two of the countries.
Aides say Romney does not view the trip as an opportunity to roll out any new policy proposals. “This trip is an opportunity for the governor to listen and learn, to visit countries that share common values, common interests, and I should say in many cases shared heritage with people here in the United States,” Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen, told reporters in a conference call previewing the trip.
Romney does plan to lay out some of his foreign policy ideas in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference in Reno, Nev. on Tuesday, before leaving for London. While Romney is likely to highlight differences in his approach to international relations relative to Obama, he is expected to refrain from attacking Obama while traveling abroad.
Romney will not stop at either of America’s war zones, Iraq or Afghanistan, a decision the campaign says was made in part because of time constraints. Romney did travel to Afghanistan in 2011 when he met with President Hamid Karzai and a range of U.S. officials, including General David Petraeus, who was then the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force.
Here’s a look at each stop on Romney’s upcoming trip:
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