Comey agrees to testify before Senate intelligence committee
President Donald Trump arrived in the Middle East on Saturday, touching down in Saudi Arabia to begin his first trip overseas, a visit aimed at forging stronger alliances to combat terrorism while seeking to push past the series of controversies threatening to engulf his young administration.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Saudi capital Riyadh Saturday on a two-day visit to participate in the Arab Islamic American Summit with US President Donald Trump Sunday.
Plenty of photos offer a great view of Melania’s black jumpsuit, with lots of photos showing Melania several paces behind President Trump in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is the first stop on a four-nation, five-stop tour that will also take Trump to Israel, Italy and Belgium before President Donald Trump returns to the White House at the end of next week.
Air Force One departed 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.
Trump and the 81-year-old Salman were seen in friendly conversation inside the Royal Terminal at the airport just after Trump touched down.
“No. No. Next question”, said Trump. A military brass band played, cannons boomed and seven Saudi jets flew over in V-formation, trailing red, white and blue smoke.
Part of Mueller’s investigation could examine if President Trump obstructed justice when he reportedly told Comey in relation to a federal probe of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, “He is a good guy. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead”, Trump tweeted shortly after his arrival.
And The New York Times reported the president had told Russian diplomats last week his firing of “nut job” Mr Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him.
In another development, the Washington Post said a current White House official close to Trump was a significant “person of interest” in the investigation into possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign previous year and Russian Federation. That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The Times report is the latest in what has been a steady stream of news that has arisen out of Trump’s decision to fire Comey and which threatens to overshadow Trump’s foreign travel. “He was insane, a real nut job”, the Times reported that Mr Trump said during the May 10th meeting.
A Washington Post report, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser is now considered a “person of interest” in the law enforcement investigation into whether Mr Trump’s campaign associates co-ordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election.
Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee, committee leaders announced Friday. Despite his domestic troubles, Trump was expected to get a warm reception in Saudi Arabia.
“Does he invest in the relationship with the Atlantic partners in the same way that every president has done since Pearl Harbor?” wondered Charles Kupchan, former advisor to Obama.