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Most-Visited Countries by U.S. Presidents

Name the countries that U.S. presidents have visited the most.
Idea by: skukka
The first international trip was made in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt
Last updated: August 07, 2018
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# of Visits
Country
39
France
38
Canada
34
Germany
34
Mexico
34
United Kingdom
31
Italy
21
Japan
# of Visits
Country
21
Vatican City
19
South Korea
18
Belgium
16
Egypt
15
Russia
14
Brazil
14
Poland
# of Visits
Country
13
China
12
Panama
12
Saudi Arabia
11
Israel
10
Philippines
10
Spain
10
Switzerland
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level 57
Apr 2, 2017
Needs to be featured! This is a great idea! :)
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level 76
Apr 22, 2017
Looks like these stats won't be changing any time soon.
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level 71
Apr 22, 2017
LOL, but disturbingly true.
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level 71
May 27, 2017
First Update!
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level 57
Jun 2, 2017
Bar a few more to Saudi to sell more arms and then onto his pals in Moscow?
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level 37
Jun 2, 2017
Get a life.
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level 66
Jun 2, 2017
I don't know - sounded about right to me.
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level 69
Jun 2, 2017
Wow. Did that hit a nerve JW?!
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level 52
Jun 2, 2017
Belgium, Italy, the Vatican, Israel, Palestine, SA Scheduled trips to Germany, UK, Vietnam, Philippines (if that happens) Yep SA and Russia, sounds about right...........
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level 65
Nov 29, 2017
Can I like this more than once? PLEASE!
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level 66
Aug 16, 2018
If Florida were a separate country, it would be #1 all time just in 2017 visits.
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level 69
Apr 23, 2017
With Roosevelt's face featured I should have gotten Panama but guessed countries all around it instead.
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level 60
Apr 24, 2017
really interesting quizz!
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level 66
Apr 24, 2017
What's the point of visiting the Vatican? They don't trade or have any foreign policy to speak of. Is it just to get support from the Christian voters in America? Seems like a waste of everyone's time and money
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level 69
Apr 24, 2017
Without getting into the actual value of meeting with the Pope, you may notice that the Vatican was visited 9 times fewer than Italy. One can reasonably imagine that, "when in Rome," you should swing by the Vatican, thus wasting very little time and money...
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level 66
Apr 24, 2017
I suppose you're right that it wouldn't be much of a resource dump if the President is already in Italy/Rome. I still wonder about the point though. Besides the "I'm famous and you're famous, so let's meet and do a photo op", is anything actually accomplished at a President-Pope meeting? 20 President-Pope meetings is a lot.
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level 70
Apr 27, 2017
I'm guessing "photo ops that will look good to the American Catholic electorate" is probably a good motivator.
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level 47
Aug 24, 2017
The Pope is a very influential person as the head of one of the world's largest religions. In general, the Pope's positions are supportive of the USA so it makes perfect sense to meet with him periodically.
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level 75
Jun 1, 2018
"I'm famous and you're famous, so let's meet and do a photo op"

Since the invention of the telephone I think this is the point of pretty much *every* presidential visit.
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level 45
Aug 9, 2018
^ Too true. Why in the modern day is it necessary for time and resources to be spent on world leaders meeting in person?
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level 58
Sep 5, 2018
If you've ever had an important discussion, or negotiation, you know that face to face is much better than over the phone. Reading body language is still too vital in human communication to dismiss important topics to just a phone. Now, with the invention of tele-conferncing, you could have a point. But there are additional implications made through visits beyond just what is discussed by the two parties. From showing support to showing disdain can all be accomplished by who gets a visit and who doesn't.
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level 75
Oct 9, 2018
^ yes, also it makes it easier to collude with the dictator of a hostile foreign power if you have a private room in Helsinki.
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level 67
May 7, 2017
I'm surprised that anyone could consider "a waste of time and money" a visit to the spiritual leader of more than a fifth of the USA citizens. It's a little bit sad determining the value of a meeting only by economical interests. There's more to live than this.
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level 54
Jun 2, 2017
To be honest, nowadays there's zero practical need of presencial meetings with any leaders whatsoever. Any communication can be done with Sype-style (obviously cryptography-enabled). These international meetings are 100% about P.R., there are huge political gains with these encounters.
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level 64
Jun 2, 2017
Even in our secularised world, the pope is still considered a great moral power. He's also the spiritual leader to more than a billion people, so there are your reasons.
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level 76
Jun 5, 2017
Not only that but there is a lot of diplomacy that is done through the Vatican. A lot of back channels are available that otherwise wouldn't be. It's very effective in getting communications to and from the Arab world to Israel.
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level 75
Aug 27, 2017
Plus they have a valuable strategic reserve of loyal albino assassins almost skilled enough to take out Tom Hanks.
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level 38
Dec 18, 2017
I'm pretty sure that a visit to the Vatican would have an impact only on Catholics, not Christians in general.
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level 57
Jun 2, 2017
Darn I was going to make this exact quiz.
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level 68
Jun 2, 2017
For trivia about individual trips, see http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/170770/presidential-travel
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level 67
Jun 2, 2017
"Darn than President Moosefight! He keeps making visits to Fiji!"
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level 55
Jun 2, 2017
Vatican bloody City. Grrr!
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level 26
Jun 2, 2017
missed switz
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level 42
Jun 3, 2017
That was fun. I can't believe I guessed them all.
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level 45
Jun 25, 2017
All with 7 seconds remaining, one left with a minute to go, only just got the Phillipines Great quiz :)
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level 37
Jul 8, 2017
Missed Philippines; although great quiz!
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level 39
Sep 3, 2017
amazing quiz!
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level 71
Nov 16, 2017
Time for another update!
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level 54
Apr 3, 2018
17 visits to Belgium and less than 9 visits to Netherlands. Is this difference because EU headquarters are in Belgium?
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level 71
Apr 3, 2018
Netherlands are at five visits, the first one in 1989. I think it's less because of the EU headquarters but more due to the NATO headquarters, which is also in Brussels
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level 61
Apr 3, 2018
Kind of thought that the Vatican was included in Italy.
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level 66
Aug 8, 2018
Nope, it's considered its own sovereign entity.
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level 59
Jun 30, 2018
Remarkable that several countries - Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam - where the US waged war for years, where thousands of Americans have died, don't even crack the top 20. Really shows the political disconnect with the reality on the ground. But, ya know, gotta get your picture taken with the Pope!
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level 79
Aug 7, 2018
Well regularly sending the President of the United States into an active war zone probably isn't the best idea. Getting photos with soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan are worth way more political points than a photo with the Pope so I don't see your point. If it was as safe and simple to visit Afghanistan, Iraq etc. as it is to visit the Vatican, Presidents would travel there much more frequently.
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level 47
Aug 7, 2018
Got a 100% on this quiz but only got 4 points.
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level 67
Aug 8, 2018
Got all of them but Canada...............lol
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level 78
Aug 8, 2018
Always wondered why Ireland wasn't on this list.
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level 71
Aug 9, 2018
It was on this list with 9 visits until a few days ago
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level 60
Oct 9, 2018
34 years after its release, I still can't think of the word "Panama" without hearing David Lee Roth's voice.
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level 20
Oct 9, 2018
Dang missed Brazil
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level 66
Oct 13, 2018
How did Belgium get here, but not Netherlands? Are they afraid of the World Court?
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level 71
Oct 13, 2018
See my answer which I gave Quizling
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level 43
Dec 14, 2018
I've just reached my lvl 41 with your quiz. :) btw I liked it!
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level 75
Feb 26, 2019
You just stole my #9 spot on the list of top quiz makers! Damn you! haha jk congrats
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level 71
Feb 26, 2019
hehe, thanks mate!
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level 50
Mar 30, 2019
No visits to Sealand?
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level 75
Apr 5, 2019
do you mean SeaWorld?
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level 49
Apr 4, 2019
I... I missed France...
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level 41
Apr 5, 2019
Huh surprised that India isn’t on here. Where do they fall in comparison? Nice quiz btw! :)
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