Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Greets President
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was the first stop on President Donald Trump’s nine-day overseas trip, his first trip abroad since taking office. It was probably an uplifting experience to leave the scandals and chaos he has been facing thousands of miles behind. He received a warm welcome with trumpets blaring, cannons booming and fighter jets streaking overhead leaving red, white and blue contrails. Dozens of billboards around Riyadh bore the president’s face. The warm embrace offered by the Saudi monarchy was welcomed by Trump.
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No more had the president left the US when headlines revealed new details about the expanding investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s advisers. The latest details said that Trump had referred to former FBI director, James Comey, as “a nut job” during a meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office. This meeting took place a day after the firing of Comey. He allegedly told the Russians that it has relieved “great pressure” on him. He said, “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was a crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia.” This was reported by the Times resulting from a summary of the meeting.
During his first day Trump posed for pictures, shook hands with his hosts and avoided the turmoil he faces at home. The president’s aides scheduled the trip so there would not be any news conferences and few opportunities for reporters to ask him questions.
The White House said in a statement that it demonstrated American “commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia and our Gulf partners.” This was in reference to Trump’s announcement of a nearly $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. This shows the renewed commitment by the US to the security of the Persian Gulf region.
Trump is the first sitting president to make Saudi Arabia the first stop on his first foreign trip. During his nine-day trip he will also travel to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.