President Donald Trump received Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor within hours of touching down in the Middle Eastern kingdom.
King Salman placed the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar around Trump’s neck during a ceremony in the country’s capital, Riyadh – the first stop on the US President’s nine-day, five-country tour.
- “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.
Hey liberals, jealous yet? President Trump is getting a royal treatment from King Salman of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
President Donald Trump was also having fun Saudi way! He was spotted swaying and smiling as he stood shoulder to shoulder with Saudis for the ceremonial sword dance on Saturday.
Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also joined the group as they linked arms with the men next to them and awkwardly danced to the drum beats as they held their swords.
The dance took place outside the King Abdulaziz Historical Center as First Lady Melania Trump, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka watched on.
While Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon also made a brief appearance, they didn’t appear to join in the ceremonial dancing.
Trump and his team of advisers held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef on Saturday
Pictures of Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman are projected on the front of the Ritz-Carlton, where Trump is staying in Riyadh
Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (right) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (left) were more inclined to get involved as they linked arms and awkwardly danced to the drum beats while holding their swords
- President Trump and King Salman sat together in ‘The Beast,’ the White House’s armored SUV that travels in the belly of Air Force One.
( Daily Mail ) President Donald Trump has landed in Saudi Arabia as he begins his first foreign tour since taking office.
He touched down in the Middle East this morning, hours after tweeting about his excitement for his first ‘big foreign trip.’
Trump flew to the capital Riyadh overnight on Air Force One – becoming the only president to make Saudi Arabia, or any majority Muslim country, his first stop overseas as president.
His arrival following a 6,700-mile flight was met with the pomp usually reserved for the likes of a Papal welcome in South America.
The president got the red carpet treatment – literally – and some airport workers took off their shoes before manicuring it with brooms in 97-degree heat.
There were 30 U.S. flags at the ready, a tiny fraction of the thousands that line streets and highways between the airport and the city center.
A 90-person Royal Saudi Air Forces honor guard practiced rifle drills and then stood at attention while Trump and his kingly escort ambled toward the terminal.
He heard an eight-bugle fanfare, watched a seven-jet flyover trailing red, white and blue smoke. And cannon fire. Lots of cannon fire, which didn’t cease until Trump and King Salman were safely inside.
Inside the terminal, the fragrant smell of oud filled the air as workers burned the aromatic wood in charcoal lamps.
…After a welcome ceremony inside the Royal Terminal, President Trump and King Salman sat together in ‘The Beast,’ the White House’s armored SUV that travels in the belly of Air Force One.
The first stop was the glitzy Ritz-Carlton, whose exterior is being lit up at night with giant projected images of the American flag.
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Saudi’s King Salman Arrives In Japan: 10 Aircraft, 500 Limos, 500 Tons Of Luggage, 12,000 Hotel Rooms, 2 Golden Escalators
The 81-year-old king, who was greeted by Japan‘s Crown Prince Naruhito at Haneda airport, will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday and as he kicks off the Japanese leg of a broader tour of Asia.
Salman, who will visit 83-year-old Emperor Akihito on Tuesday, is travelling in style with his demands ranging from golden elevators to a fleet of hundreds of limousines.
Some 1,200 rooms at Tokyo’s luxury hotels have been booked by the delegation for the three-night stay through Wednesday, according to local media, which has also reported that hundreds of limousines have been brought into the capital to accomodate the visitors.
This follows a lavish nine-day trip to Indonesia where the king ordered for a special toilet to be build in a mosque and a custom seat to be built in the House of Representatives.