Trump’s Saudi speech to urge unity against radical Islam
President Donald Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia met briefly for a coffee ceremony after the president’s arrival Saturday in Riyadh.
The president and First Lady Melania Trump waved as they stood at the top of stairs that had been rolled to the side of the official presidential aircraft after it landed.
“It’s clear that the current US administration finds Saudi Arabia’s ability to unite the entire Arab and Muslim worlds against terrorism invaluable to America’s efforts to address the region’s challenges”, he said, adding that he expects US-Saudi trade to “reach ground-breaking levels”. A military brass band played, cannons boomed and seven Saudi jets flew over in V-formation, trailing red, white and blue smoke.
Trump and Salman spoke through an interpreter inside the airport terminal after the president stepped off Air Force One.
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.
Saudi Arabia offered Trump an elaborate welcome ahead of his two-day stay.
Trump’s visit also carries unique significance as it is not merely a visit to the Kingdom, but to the heart of the Arab and Muslim worlds, Al-Ansari said. The White House badly bungled the president’s stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the federal investigation into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian Federation. During meetings this weekend, Trump will work to develop relationships with the leaders, with whom the U.S. hopes to partner on fighting extremism. The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology.
“Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz invited Sharif for the summit”.
Saturday night, he’ll attend a royal banquet at Murabba Palace followed by a tour of the National Museum.
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 is to deliver a speech on Sunday aimed at rallying Muslims in the fight against Islamic militants in Riyadh on Sunday.
White House aides had hoped Trump’s ambitious foreign swing would provide relief from a barrage of bad headlines.