Trump basks in lavish Saudi welcome, escaping troubles in DC

Trump basks in lavish Saudi welcome, escaping troubles in DC

Trump basks in lavish Saudi welcome, escaping troubles in DC

President Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman sat side by side in a signing ceremony to formalize a series of business and defense agreements at the Royal Court in Riyadh Saturday.

But he did make a brief utterance to the press pool, deeming the proceedings "a tremendous day". "Tremendous investments in the United States".

Saturday's capstone was the signing of a $110 billion arms deal between the two countries, an agreement brokered primarily by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Saudi Arabia is the primary destination for USA arms sales, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, with the Kingdom purchasing almost 10 per cent of U.S. exports from 2011 to 2015.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud made the comments in a May 20 message on Twitter as Trump was in Riyadh on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

Lockheed Martin President Marillyn Hewson praised the deal. Lockheed Martin released a statement in which Hewson hailed the agreement as producing "the foundation for job creation and economic prosperity in the us and in the kingdom".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the issue at a press briefing following a meeting with his counterpart and long-time friend Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, saying the continued arms negotiations were meant to help Saudi military actions in Yemen. A White House official described the deal as "a significant expansion of the over seven-decade long security relationship" between the USA and Saudi Arabia. "This was a great accomplishment".

Emmanuel Macron holds first Cabinet meeting
Macron said his first priority would be "to give back to the French people the confidence that for too long has been flagging". The MEP was among the first politicians to support Macron when he set up his political movement En Marche , or On the Move.

The White House bungled the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing a federal investigation into possible ties between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. But White House adviser Dina Powell said she hoped the deal with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would be the "farthest reaching commitment to not finance terrorist organizations" and would lead to prosecutions.

According to the State Department, the sales fall into five broad categories, including border security and counter-terrorism; air force modernization; air and missile defense; maritime and coastal security; and cybersecurity and communications upgrades. The two men are at odds on everything from climate change to refugee policy, although the pontiff says he will give the USA leader an open-minded hearing.

U.S. president Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism.

Trump's trip has been billed by the White House as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions, while giving him time to meet with Arab, Israeli and European leaders. "So essentially we are subsidizing all of these countries", he said at a rally.

Leaders in the Gulf are also eager to hear Trump's plan for combating what they regard as Iran's destabilizing presence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. He spent the remainder of the flight reading newspapers and got very little sleep, an aide said.

The comments drew the significant ire from Saudi Arabia's highest officials, who were eager to re-establish U.S. -Saudi relations under Trump. The program is expected to support approximately 450 jobs in Saudi Arabia and conform to Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 by developing local capabilities through technology and skills transfer.

"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". "Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs", Trump said.

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