Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia will reinforce the "strategic partnership" between Saudi Arabia and the USA while boosting their joint fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, the kingdom's foreign minister has said. Trump's mid-May departure is three months later than George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama, whose first foreign trips were in February, shortly after their inaugurations.
President Donald Trump's supporters see his overseas trip as a chance to escape the non-stop revelations related to Russian Federation, but more likely he'll drag the controversy with him overseas - adding another dimension to an already tricky travel schedule.
Every president going back to Ronald Reagan has started smaller, with their first worldwide journeys taking them to America's neighbors, either Canada or Mexico.
Mr Trump will outline his views of Islam in a speech to Saudi leaders, which intends to "unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilisation".
On Sunday, the U.S. president will join Saudi King Salman and other Muslim leaders for the Arab Islamic American Summit that aims to combat extremism and promote moderation.
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US President will meet Palestinian officials in the West Bank town of Bethlehem next week, after talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, McMaster said.
"The real risk will come in the unscripted moments", said Haass, who served in the State Department under former President George W. Bush.
"I'll speak with Muslim leaders and challenge them to fight hatred and extremism, and embrace a peaceful future for their faith", Trump promised ahead of the trip. How likely is this all to follow the president overseas? Various US experts, such as Anthony Cordesman, are falling over backward trying to rationalize these destabilizing arms sales that pose a new level of threat to Iran's national security and even implicate Russia's national security since an "Arab NATO" would inevitably integrate the Persian Gulf-based defense system with the NATO system in Europe and elsewhere. Trump then welcomed May as the first foreign leader to visit the White House, and gushed that the U.S. -Britain relationship had never been better.
A series of deadly shootings and bombings against foreigners and Saudi security forces that began in 2003 turned Riyadh into a loyal and robust partner in the fight against Al-Qaeda, with Mohammed bin Nayef, now the kingdom's crown prince, well-regarded by USA officials for his role overseeing a crackdown on the militants.
Trump, during the campaign, had said the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance was obsolete.
Trump's aides acknowledge the trip will not erase the political turmoil back home.
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Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington who how is a deputy minister for diplomacy, said mutual antipathy toward Iran could be the key.
Iran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons and foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Thursday its missile programme is part of its "absolute and legal right to build up the country's defensive capabilities".
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Trump will also meet the new French President Emmanuel Macron. "To the contrary, prioritising America's interests means strengthening alliances".
Saudi Arabia wants to seize on Trump's visit to show itself as an earnest partner in the war on terror.
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