US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

Trump's stop in the Saudi capital is the first in an eight-day, five-country swing through the Middle East and Europe. 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.

Trump waved as he stood atop stairs that had been rolled to the side of the official presidential aircraft as it landed at Riyadh's airport. Jets flew overhead and left a trail of red, white and blue smoke as the the two walked down a red carpet and into the airport terminal.

Air Force One departed on Friday from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, outside Washington, with the president, first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well as a group of senior advisers and journalists covering the trip. "Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead". In Israel, Trump has telegraphed, "I'll reaffirm our unbreakable alliance with the Jewish state". Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced it was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel charged with leading the federal investigation. The Washington Post reported at about the same time that law enforcement officials had identified a senior White House adviser close to the president as a person of interest in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In addition, Comey agreed to testify at an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee in the near future, the panel said.

On the drive to the Ritz hotel where Trump is staying, King Salman rode with the president in the heavily armored presidential limousine nicknamed "the Beast".

Trump is also scheduled to meet with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries. However, when Saudi Arabia was asked whether although the first lady of the United States would have to dress appropriately, replied that Riyadh "usually does not require" a particular costume code, but "accepts the proposals".

The speech envisions new partnerships with America's traditional allies in the Middle East. They exchanged a handshake and Trump said it was "a great honor" to be there.

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"We are not here to lecture - to tell other peoples how to live, what to do or who to be".

"I think there's an enormous opportunity in Saudi Arabia to bring the whole Arab world together", said U.S. Sen. The massive arms deal is expected to include tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology.

After spending much of Saturday meeting with King Salman and other members of the royal family, Trump was to end the day at a banquet dinner at the Murabba Palace.

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.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017. "He was crazy.a real nut job".

His Saudi speech is aimed at the nations represented at an Arab and Muslim leaders' summit.

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