Trump, dogged by questions at home, makes first trip overseas

Melania Trump is announcing her first foreign trip as first lady of the United States.

The Stars and Stripes is flying in Riyadh's streets, intermixed with Saudi flags. We discuss the significance of choosing Saudi Arabia as Trump's first foreign destination and what is on the agenda during that visit.

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with Russian Federation during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety".

"In the Middle East there are so many minorities like Christians and as a Muslim I am appalled at what is happening to them", he said. This has been revealed by the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir. That includes France's newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, who denounced Trump's musings on abandoning the Paris climate treaty, a likely point of contention in Sicily.

Trump and King Salman will also inaugurate the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, where Trump is to give a speech about Islam. Alcohol is banned and unrelated men and women are segregated in public.

"The Trump administration is very cognizant of the dangers Iran represent to the region", he said, and will work "to contain Iran".

"They are certainly not deterred by some of the anti-Muslim rhetoric that we heard on the campaign trail", Gause said.

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Jubeir said the kingdom has arrested several thousand people as members of the Islamic State, and said he hopes for greater USA cooperation on counterterrorism issues.

Trump also hopes Arab states can play a role in brokering a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, an idea some Persian Gulf leaders have privately entertained, if Israel were to offer certain concessions.

On Thursday, he said that Saudi Arabia has no problem in sharing its intelligence reports with the United States.

Despite Trump's erratic positions toward the kingdom, Saudi leaders are ready to embrace him with the full red carpet treatment when he arrives this weekend.

Trump has not always returned the love.

Therefore, a lot of people are confused, and rightfully so, as to which song Keith would perform in Saudi Arabia. White House officials said he'll reassert American leadership during the tour of three religious capitals in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome before sitting down with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels and G7 counterparts in Sicily.

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