Donald Trump Lands in Saudi Arabia on First Overseas Visit of Presidency

Claudine Rigal
Mai 21, 2017

Nonetheless, Trump, whose long trail of Twitter messages often comes back to haunt him, tweeted his displeasure over Mrs. Obama's decision to appear bare-headed in 2015.

Trump was joined on the trip by the CEOs of several major US companies, which announced their own agreements with the Saudis.

"This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, while also bolstering the Kingdom's ability to contribute to counter terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the US military to conduct those operations", the White House said in a statement.

According to the White House, this deal will bolster security "in the face of Iranian threats" and the "package demonstrates the US' commitment to partnership with Saudi Arabia, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region".

Before he became president, Mr Trump issued a tub-thumping tweet calling on Saudi Arabia to supply the USA with free oil for ten years. During a ceremony at the grand Saudi Royal Court, Salman awarded Trump the Collar of Abdulaziz al Saud, the kingdom's highest civilian honor. "We are especially proud of how our broad portfolio of advanced global security products and technologies will enhance national security in Saudi Arabia, strengthen the cause of peace in the region, and provide the foundation for job creation and economic prosperity in the USA and in the Kingdom".

Saudi Arabia's state oil giant Saudi Aramco signed $50 billion of deals with 11 us oil companies, including Haliburton, Jacob's, Schlumberger, Emerson, Honeywell and McDermott International. The Saudis are expected to purchase billions more in US military equipment over the next 10 years.

After a tough week at home, Donald Trump found a much more appreciative audience in Saudia Arabia, the first stop on his first foreign tour.

Before leaving the United States Friday, Trump said he would use his trip to protect American interests.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were also travelling as part of the presidential entourage. National oil giant Saudi Aramco expected to sign $50 billion of deals with U.S. companies on Saturday, part of a drive to diversify the kingdom's economy beyond oil exports, Aramco's chief executive Amin Nasser said. The first lady is joining the president for the entire trip.

As Obama's secretary of state, Hillary Clinton also did not cover her head on visits to Saudi Arabia.

He'll also attend the opening of the new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

It will be especially sensitive given tensions sparked by the Trump administration's attempted travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations and accusations of anti-Islamic rhetoric while campaigning.

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