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1. President Trump set off for Saudi Arabia, the first stop on a nine-day trip. It’s his first overseas travel as president, and he’ll also visit Israel, Belgium and Italy.

We reported that Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, helped negotiate a $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudis before the trip.

And we learned that Mr. Trump called the former F.B.I director, James Comey, “a real nut job” during his meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office. A leaked document shows that Mr. Trump said firing him relieved “great pressure.”

A friend of Mr. Comey spoke to us about his strained relationship with the president on our podcast The Daily.” He described Mr. Comey trying to “blend in with the curtains” so that Mr. Trump wouldn’t notice him during a White House ceremony. The Senate Intelligence Committee said Friday that Mr. Comey had agreed to testify publicly before the panel about his role in the Russia investigation.

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2. We’re watching for results in Iran’s presidential election. Voters went to the polls to choose between Hassan Rouhani, the moderate incumbent, and Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric, above.

It’s seen as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear deal, which Mr….

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