Saturday, May 20, 2017

President Trump in the Middle East

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Trump arrived in the Middle East on Saturday, touching down in Saudi Arabia to begin his first trip abroad, a visit aimed at forging stronger alliances to combat terrorism while seeking to push past the series of controversies threatening to engulf his young administration.
Mr. Trump flew to Riyadh overnight on Air Force One and was welcomed during an elaborate ceremony at the airport, punctuated by a military flyover and a handshake from Saudi King Salman. Mr. Trump is the only American president to make Saudi Arabia, or any majority Muslim country, his first stop overseas as president -- a scheduling choice designed in part to show respect to the region after more than a year of harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric.

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