Under fire at home, Trump launches first foreign trip in Saudi

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Under fire at home, Trump launches first foreign trip in Saudi

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, wave as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, May 19, 2017, prior to his departure on his first overseas trip.

"President Trump understands that America First does not mean America alone", said H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser. A military brass band played, cannons boomed and seven Saudi jets flew over in V-formation, trailing red, white and blue smoke.

Trump and the 81-year-old Salman were seen in friendly conversation inside the Royal Terminal at the airport just after Trump's arrival.

After two days of meetings in Riyadh, Trump will travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and meet with allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 wealthy nations in Sicily.

It is said that the trip will demonstrate Donald Trump's democratic skill as president.

The president began his visit with a coffee ceremony with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Trump has fueled the Russian Federation controversy by firing the man who was originally leading the Russian Federation probe, FBI Director James Comey, in an apparent bid to stop the investigation.

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Despite his domestic troubles, Trump was expected to get a warm reception in Saudi Arabia.

Trump dodged one potential land mine when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted on war crime and genocide charges, announced that he would not attend the summit for personal reasons. 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.

The "Arab Nato" summit - being held to develop a security partnership against a growing threat of violent extremism - will also be attended by US President Donald Trump. The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology.

As per the source, he will be giving away the speech on this Sunday in Saudi Arabia and trump will want to see new conglomerates with the U.S. the Middle East.

United States president will go to Israel, Italy, the Vatican, and Belgium.

The trip has been billed by the White House as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions while giving Trump time to meet with Arab, Israeli and European leaders.

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