Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia: Melania missing as President visits king
Like past USA first ladies visiting Saudi Arabia, Mrs. Trump’s hair was not covered in the local custom, and she shook Salman’s hand upon arriving in the kingdom.
Saudi and pan-Arab news channels showed Air Force One on the tarmac in Riyadh in front of a red carpet flanked by Saudi soldiers.
National oil giant Saudi Aramco expected to sign $50 billion of deals with United States companies on Saturday, part of a drive to diversify the kingdom’s economy beyond oil exports, Aramco’s chief executive Amin Nasser said.
Trump’s meeting with Pope Francis – two men at odds on everything from climate change to refugee policy – remains highly unpredictable, although the pontiff says he will give America’s bullish leader an open-minded hearing. The leaders exchanged pleasantries and Trump said it was “a great honour” to be there.
Nonetheless, Trump, whose long trail of Twitter messages often comes back to haunt him, tweeted his displeasure over Mrs. Obama’s decision to appear bare-headed in 2015.
According to an explanation by the Economist, Saudi Arabia has been known for its varied versions of cloaks for women (jijab, niqab, burqa) that derive from the nation’s foundational observance of “sharia” as state law.
White House officials hope the trip gives Trump the opportunity to recalibrate after one of the most hard stretches of his young presidency.
These meetings – including with new French President Emmanuel Macron – will be closely watched for signs of whether Trump and traditional USA allies in Europe can work together.
Even his hand gestures may draw scrutiny in the Middle East, where the thumbs-up sign, a Trump trademark, is considered taboo.
Photo/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh.
White House aides had hoped Trump’s ambitious foreign swing would provide relief from a barrage of bad headlines.
The first lady wore a black pantsuit with a golden belt but did not cover her head, consistent with custom for female foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia. It’s the first stop of a nine-day, multi-country tour.
Saudi Arabia’s king presented US President Donald Trump with the kingdom’s top civilian honour today as Trump began a trip to Riyadh aimed at strengthening security and economic ties.
Trump and his motorcade then made their way to his hotel for a few hours of downtime before beginning the day’s meetings. After two days of meetings here, 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 powerful nations in Sicily.
Mr Trump will addresses the leaders of Arab and Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
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White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told reporters on the plane that Trump spent the flight meeting with staff, working on his upcoming speech to the Muslim world and getting a little sleep.
The Riyadh summit aims to establish a partnership in the Islamic world to combat extremism and terrorism, strengthen safety and sustainability, and expand values of coexistence and patience.
The Trump administration has taken a much harder line on Iran than its predecessor and has vowed to work with Gulf countries to bolster their ability to deter and contain Iran, which Riyadh considers its greatest security threat and regional rival.