Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Donald Trump's Saudi Arabia Visit Overshadowed By More Russia And Comey Allegations

Donald Trump's Saudi Arabia Visit Overshadowed By More Russia And Comey Allegations

The White House did not deny the report, but said the "the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations". The US-Saudi Arabia summit will be held under the slogan "Together we will reach the goal".

National oil giant Saudi Aramco was expected to sign $50 billion of deals with US companies on Saturday, part of a drive to diversify the kingdom's economy beyond oil exports, Aramco's chief executive Amin Nasser said.

The president however had been critical of Michelle Obama's move when she visited Saudi Arabia in 2015 along with the former president.

But later footage showing the Trumps arriving to meet King Salman appeared to show she was not in the visiting party.

The host of the event declared that Trump was being honored for "his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world".

Trump and King Salman seemed at ease with each other, chatting through an interpreter.

In another development, the Washington Post said a current White House official close to Trump was a significant "person of interest" in the investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign past year and Russian Federation.

More than a dozen horses flanked the presidential limousine Saturday as Trump was slowly driven to the Royal Court in Riyadh.

Seated among the USA advisers were the most powerful members of the Saudi government, including Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful son of the King who is advocating for major reforms in the kingdom.

The two men were then expected to have a bilateral meeting.

Trump's daughter, Ivanka, a senior White House adviser who is accompanying her father, also did not cover her head.

"My fellow Americans. This weekend I begin my first trip overseas as president - a trip with historic significance for the American people".

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Melania Trump's decision not to wear a headscarf upon arrival in the Middle East is drawing attention on social media.

During the Obamas' visit, Trump tweeted, "Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refusing to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted".

"For the Saudis, anyone is better than Barack Obama", Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution said.

President Donald Trump is preparing for a busy day of meetings in Saudi Arabia. The White House bungled the president's stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing a federal investigation into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. It's the first stop of a nine-day, multi-country tour.

The nation offered Trump an elaborate welcome.

President Donald Trump meets officials at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport.

The Saudi king had earlier invited the leaders of the member countries, including Bangladesh, of the Saudi-led 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) to the conferences.

Several jets also flew overhead leaving a red, white and blue trail.

During the 12-hour flight to Riyadh from Andrews Air Force base, chief of staff Reince Priebus told reporters that the president spent most of the trip working, reading newspapers and preparing his speech on Islam, which he will deliver at the Arab Islamic Summit on Sunday.

Ahead of Trump's trip, the White House said the president expected tangible results from Saudi Arabia in countering Islamic extremism.

Trump remains popular in the Gulf, where leaders hope he'll take a harder line on Iran than Obama did.

Trump will also travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily.

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