After arguably the worst week of his short time in office, President Donald Trump has the opportunity during his global tour next week to calm the political storms.
Or, of course, he could simply make things worse.
Markets will be watching intently for which Trump boards Air Force One to take a sojourn across the Middle East: The stately leader who delivered a rousing address to Congress on Feb. 28 and instilled hope that his administration would lead by example, or the impetuous man-child who makes rash off-the-handle public lash-outs and debases his enemies on Twitter.
"In some ways, we might end up getting both Trumps. It's not mutually exclusive," said Stephen Myrow, managing partner at Beacon Policy Advisors. "These types of trips theoretically lend themselves to presidential moments, to the extent that he stays on script."
The "script" for Trump would look something like this: A series of speeches aimed at assuring U.S. allies of solidarity in the fight against global terrorism mixed with a message of tolerance, absent fiery rhetoric or damaging sound bites.
As James Phillips, senior Middle East research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, put it in an essay: "President Trump should use this trip to mobilize international support to defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups, rally Arab support to contain and roll back Iran, and set the stage for renewed Arab–Israeli peace negotiations.
What could happen, though, is anyone's guess.