President Trump and Saudi King Salman meet in Riyadh

Robert Hormats Says Trump Must Learn Saudi Culture

"As the president has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement in response to the Post report.

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.

The embattled US president set off on his tour amid a firestorm of backlash in Washington, where the Department of Justice tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be special counsel in the investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He also told them that firing Comey had "taken off" the "great pressure" he was feeling from the investigation, the Times reported. "If using this anti-Muslim, anti-minority rhetoric has given him support to win the White House, to win the world he will need a different message and a different mindset".

While being a President represents a great responsibility and perhaps a change of air is good for those who support the weight, the risk of abandoning a scenario as tense as that of the White House today could have some -again - "Nixonian" consequences. Melania Trump was seated to the king's left.

Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell was also spotted walking across the tarmac, dressed in a shorter dress under a black overcoat, and carrying what looked like a long black dress in her arms, but with no headscarf covering her hair.

The two leaders sat side by side in the VIP section of the airport terminal and drank coffee served in the traditional Arab style.

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But Trump will need to remember that his audience is not just the two dozen leaders who will hear his words and congratulate him on his speech so long as his policies in the region continue along the same track.

Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh on May 20.

President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia is expected to focus on how much he likes selling them weapons, and how much he doesn't like Iran, and how great he thinks it'll be if they join together as "Arab NATO", while assuring the United States has deep influence over what that alliance does.

The president began his visit with a coffee ceremony with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Poll results showed on Saturday that Iranians had emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, architect of Iran's still-fragile detente with the West.

After Saudi Arabia, Trump will head to Israel and the Palestinian Territories where he hopes to revive the moribund peace process.

A foreign affairs novice, Trump will have to navigate many diplomatic land mines in his meetings, dealing with issues ranging from terrorism to trade to hot spots like North Korea and Syria.

A senior Saudi official said a digital center to monitor the activities of Islamic State and other militant groups online would be opened on Sunday, to coincide with the visit.

Both, Jerusalem and Riyadh, will question President Trump on the Iran nuclear deal. Still, Jasser is anxious that the Trump Team has been talking up an "Arab NATO", because unlike many Middle Eastern nations, NATO member nations are democracies.

When former first lady Michelle Obama visited Riyadh in 2015 with her husband, to pay respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah, she did not cover her hair.



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