This Saturday, Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia for his first trip abroad since becoming president. After weeks of national politics and out-of-control news cycles, the world saw president Trump arriving as a president seemingly in command of a world stage.
The Saudis welcomed Trump like royalty, with red carpets, lavish meals and American flags flying everywhere, they even projected a multi-storey image of his face on the side of the palatial Ritz-Carlton hotel where he was staying. During a ceremony at the grand Saudi Royal Court, Saudi King Salman awarded Trump with the collar of Abdulaziz al Saud, the kingdom’s highest civilian honour: the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Of course, business deals were made, the most tangible agreement was the $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that is effective immediately and could expand up to $350 billion over 10 years.
— Adrienne Mong (@adriennemong) 19 mei 2017
“That was a tremendous day, tremendous investments in the United States,” Trump said during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
— Arab News (@Arab_News) 20 mei 2017
Trump was accompanied by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Melania Trump and Ivanka trump amongst others.
— POLITICO (@politico) 21 mei 2017
Trump is expected to give a speech today at the Saudi Arabian Royal Diwan. This will be the first speech that Trump will give abroad as President of the United States.
Oh, and check out Trump and Tillerson holding swords while dancing with Saudi sabre bearers during a traditional welcoming sword dance.
Hey, isn’t this cultural appropriation?