President Donald Trump Arrives in Saudi Arabia as Overseas Trip White House Calls “Historic”

Stop in Riyadh begins nine-day trip to Middle East and Europe, Trump’s first trip abroad since taking office

 President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh.

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President Donald Trump will press some of his most important foreign policy goals in his first trip abroad since taking office, including dealing with Iran and ISIS. Photo: Getty Images

May 20, 2017 3:06 a.m. ET

RIYADH—President Donald Trump arrived Saturday in Saudi Arabia, his first stop outside the U.S. since taking office and the start of an ambitious nine-day trip through the Middle East and Europe that is aimed at advancing his security and economic foreign policy agenda.

Air Force One touched down in Riyadh shortly before 10 a.m., where the president and first lady Melania Trump were to be welcomed by a red-carpet ceremony and then have a private tea with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is at the airport terminal used exclusively for the Kingdom’s royal family and its guests.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Friday.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Friday. PHOTO:ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS

He is scheduled to hold a series of meetings with Saudi officials, including a luncheon and dinner with King Salman and his powerful son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two governments are also expected to sign billions of dollars in new U.S. arms deals for Riyadh.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN)President Donald Trump has landed in Saudi Arabia for his first stop abroad since taking office, a visit meant to bolster partnerships abroad that aides hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home.


Trump’s stop in the Saudi capital is the first in an eight-day, five-country swing across the Middle East and Europe.
Air Force One touched down at the King Khalid airport in Riyadh at 2:45 a.m. ET (9:45 a.m. local time), where Trump was greeted on the tarmac by King Salman and other high-level Saudi officials. Later Saturday the King will host Trump at the Royal Court.
Trump got very little sleep on his 14- hour flight from Washington, chief of staff Reince Priebus told reporters aboard Air Force One.
Trump is embarking upon his first international trip at a moment of deep uncertainty for his young presidency. This week, the Justice Department named a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in last year’s election, including potential ties between Trump associates and Russian officials.
Trump has fueled the Russia controversy by firing the man who was originally leading the Russia probe, FBI Director James Comey, in an apparent bid to stop the investigation. He’s also accused of revealing high classified intelligence to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.
White House aides had hoped Trump’s ambitious foreign swing would provide relief from a barrage of bad headlines. But it’s increasingly clear that the swirl of controversy will shadow Trump during his stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, Brussels, and Sicily.
That hasn’t dampened expectations for Trump’s arrival in the Arab Gulf, however.
In Riyadh, Saudis were preparing to welcome Trump in grand fashion. A five story image of Trump’s face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he’ll stay in when he arrives, and large billboards of Trump and King Salman lined the highway from the airport.
Trump remains popular in the Gulf, where leaders hope he’ll take a harder line on Iran than his predecessor Barack Obama. During meetings this weekend, Trump will work to develop relationships with the leaders, with whom the US hopes to partner on fighting extremism.
Trump will deliver a major speech Sunday to the leaders of more than two dozen Muslim nations where he’ll urge countries to drive out extremists. An early draft of his speech does not contain the phrase “radical Islamic terror,” a term which Trump has emphasized back home.
Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said the President edited the speech with his aides during the fourteen-hour journey from Washington.

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One Response to “President Donald Trump Arrives in Saudi Arabia as Overseas Trip White House Calls “Historic””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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