Saturday, May 20, 2017

President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN)- President Donald Trump has landed in Saudi Arabia for his first stop abroad since taking office, a visit meant to bolster partnerships abroad that aides hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home.

Trump's stop in the Saudi capital is the first in an eight-day, five-country swing across the Middle East and Europe.

Air Force One touched down at the King Khalid airport in Riyadh at 2:45 a.m. ET (9:45 a.m. local time), where Trump was greeted on the tarmac by King Salman and other high-level Saudi officials. Later Saturday the King will host Trump at the Royal Court.

Trump got very little sleep on his 14-hour flight from Washington, chief of staff Reince Priebus told reporters aboard Air Force One.

In Riyadh, Saudis were preparing to welcome Trump in grand fashion. A five story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he'll stay in when he arrives, and large billboards of Trump and King Salman lined the highway from the airport.

Trump will deliver a major speech Sunday to the leaders of more than two dozen Muslim nations where he'll urge countries to drive out extremists. An early draft of his speech does not contain the phrase "radical Islamic terror," a term which Trump has emphasized back home. - Read More

President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia - CNN


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