Trump to avoid tough anti-Muslim language in Saudi Arabia

Trump is embarking upon his first worldwide trip at a moment of deep uncertainty for his young presidency.

The president's bilateral talks with King Salman are expected to revive a new page of historic and strategic relations between the two countries.

The nation offered Trump an elaborate welcome.

There was no immediate response from the White House to a request for a copy of the speech, which is expected to be delivered in Riyadh, the initial stop on Trump's first global trip since taking office in January. A five story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he'll stay in when he arrives, and large billboards of Trump and King Salman lined the highway from the airport.

Also joining the president: first lady Melania Trump, who disembarked Air Force One alongside her husband Saturday in a flowing black jumpsuit with a gold belt. Trump is accompanied by wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. They exchanged a handshake and Trump said it was "a great honor" to be there. Several jets then flew overhead leaving a red, white and blue trail.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told reporters on the plane that Mr Trump spent the flight meeting with staff, working on his upcoming speech to the Muslim world and getting a little sleep.

JEDDAH: Salman Al-Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), said US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia holds unprecedented strategic significance in strengthening bilateral ties, especially given that for the first time in history the Kingdom will be the first country visited by a sitting US president while on their duties overseas.

With delicate diplomatic meetings facing him, including three summits, Trump faces a challenge of advancing his "America First" agenda without alienating key allies during his first trip overseas.

Trump is to deliver a speech on Sunday aimed at rallying Muslims in the fight against Islamic militants in Riyadh on Sunday.

Trump remains popular in the Gulf, where leaders hope he'll take a harder line on Iran than his predecessor Barack Obama. The scheduling choice is designed in part to show respect to the region after months of harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric.

He is also scheduled to travel to Israel, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy.



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