President Donald Trump was lavished with extravagant royal pomp here Saturday during his first stop overseas as President, an elaborate start to a trip meant to bolster worldwide partnerships but which aides now hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home.
At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new USA president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids.
President Trump embarks on his first worldwide trip as commander-in-chief on Friday amid a slew of bad headlines that have shaken the White House.
It's all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate America's homebody president on a voyage with increasingly raised stakes, given the ballooning controversy involving his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.
"We will pray that the Holy Spirit inspire President Trump and the leaders of Israel and Palestine to see that the future can not be walls and fear but only bridges and dialogue, pardon, reconciliation and the recognition of the rights and dignity of all", he said. "Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead", Trump tweeted shortly after his arrival. Most women in Saudi Arabia also cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab. The first lady is joining the president for the entire trip.
The draft of the speech includes no mention of "radical Islamic terrorism" - a phrase that candidate Trump regularly criticized opponent Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for shying away from. He will travel to Israel, the Vatican, Belgium and Sicily for the G-7 Summit following the two-day Riyadh visit.
The White House on Friday predicted that the investigation would back up Trump's account.
President Donald Trump bragged to two top Russian officials last week that firing "nut job" FBI Director James Comey eased "great pressure" on him, The New York Times reported Friday.
Over the course of the last week, the White House has been overwhelmed by news stemming from an inquiry into the Trump campaign's alleged links to Russian Federation, and the abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey. Trump, who promised during his campaign to move the Tel Aviv-based U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, has so far not done so out of fears such a move would incite the Arab world.
The normally austere kingdom has put on a major display for the visit, with the streets of Riyadh lined with USA and Saudi flags and billboards featuring Trump and King Salman.
Mr Kushner has long advised the President both during his campaign and in the White House.
Poll results showed on Saturday that Iranians had emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, architect of Iran's still-fragile detente with the West.
Trump is also scheduled to meet with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries.
During meetings this weekend, Trump will work to develop relationships with the leaders, with whom the United States hopes to partner to fight extremism. The agreement will provide tanks, ships and missile defense systems to the kingdom in an attempt to bolster its regional military prowess.
He spent the remainder of the time reading newspapers and getting very little sleep, according to an aide.