- “Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
- $110 billion arms deal is part of larger, $350 billion economic package between the ally nations
- President Donald J. Trump on Saturday began his first overseas trip as president with a stop in Saudi Arabia, calling the visit a “tremendous day.”
( Fox News ) President Trump on Saturday began his first overseas trip as president with a stop in Saudi Arabia, calling the visit a “tremendous day” and pledging to work with leader King Salman to bring peace to the Gulf region and forge stronger economic ties, in large part through a roughly $110 billion arms deal.
“That was a tremendous day,” Trump said shortly after signing the arms deal. “Tremendous investments in the United States and our military. Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
The arms deal is part of larger, $350 billion economic package between the ally nations.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump were greeted in Saudi Arabia at the airport by 81-year King Salman, in a red carpet ceremony that also included a military flyover in which several jets left red, white and blue streamers.
Trump called his visit to Saudi Arabia “a great honor” and joined the king in a brief coffee ceremony at the airport terminal before heading to his hotel and other official events of the day.
After signing the deal and talking with top Saudi leaders, Trump and the first lady are scheduled to participate in a royal banquet dinner and a museum tour at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh.
Before the dinner, Trump participated in a traditional Saudi “war dance,” performed this time to celebrate the countries’ renewed friendship.
Trump is also scheduled to make a major speech Sunday in which he’s expected to show support for America’s Persian Gulf allies, a likely reset after months of talk about Muslim extremism.