Trump basks in lavish Saudi welcome, escaping troubles in DC

SAUDI ARABIA

It also seemed created to flatter a President famous for a gilded lifestyle.

On one day, Trump appeared successful in keeping his domestic woes an ocean away, as he basked in the pageantry that began with an elaborate airport welcome ceremony punctuated by a military flyover and a handshake from Saudi King Salman. He's slept only at the White House, his Mar-a-Lago resort and his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, since January.

There, it is being speculated that Saudi Arabia might be backing Pakistan's request for a meeting of Nawaz Sharif with US President Donald Trump as per reports. "Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead".

The 81-year-old King Salman greeted Trump at the airport. The Trumps will join the Saudi royal family for an official dinner Saturday night.

The honor had also been bestowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.

After arriving with an escort of soldiers on horseback, Trump was welcomed to the court to the strains of the American national anthem.

On the first stop of his inaugural foreign trip, President Donald Trump signed his name Saturday to an almost $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia effective immediately - plus another $350 billion over the next 10 years.

Trump descended the steps alongside first lady Melania Trump, who wore a black pantsuit and gold belt, but did not cover her hair in the ultra-conservative kingdom, in keeping with the traditions of Western delegations.

"We want foreign companies to look at Saudi Arabia as a platform for exports to other markets", Falih told a conference attended by dozens of USA executives.

Al-Jubeir said Trump and King Salman agreed that action had to be taken to ensure Iran did not continue "aggressive policies in the region". In 2015, her husband had, in a tweet, criticized former first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during a visit to the kingdom. She and President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday on the opening leg of his first global tour since taking office. 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.

Reports also emerged that Trump had called Comey "a nut job" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had identified a senior White House official as a "significant person of interest" in its probe of Russian meddling.

After two days of meetings in Saudi Arabia, Trump was scheduled to travel to Israel, meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and join the world's major industrial nations at a Group of Seven gathering in Sicily.

Moments after Trump lifted off for Saudi Arabia, fresh reports stemming from the Russian Federation investigation surfaced and threatened to overshadow the trip.

The US President's trip was greeted with public enthusiasm.

Trump remains popular in the Gulf, where leaders hope he'll take a harder line on Iran than Obama did.

Mr. Tillerson also urged Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, who won a resounding re-election victory on Saturday, to dismantle his country's "network of terrorism" and to end ballistic missile tests.

Trump's warm welcome reflected the degree to which Saudi Arabia had become disillusioned with Obama.

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