President Trump and First Lady Melania wave goodbye on Friday before boarding Air Force One for the 6,700-mile flight to Saudi Arabia.
Trump is the only president to make Saudi Arabia, or any Muslim country, his first overseas stop as commander-in-chief.
After an overnight flight they arrive at the airport in Riyadh in 97-degree heat, Trump in his customary dark suit and tie, and Melania in a black jumpsuit with a statement-making wide gold belt and buckle.
⬅︎ That’s President Obama bowing before the Saudi king on one of his visits. Not Trump’s style. He preferred to stand tall and shake hands like a man.
President Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Al-Saud walk the red carpet that had been laid down for the president, with Melania following a few steps behind.
No humiliating head scarves for Melania and Ivanka.
The White House’s armored SUV “The Beast” carry the president and the king to the Saudi Royal Court, passing close to Ad Deerah, known locally as “chop-chop square” for the public beheadings that are carried out there.
President Trump and King Salman ride inside the “The Beast,” which traveled to Saudi Arabia in the belly of Air Force One.
The president glances furtively to his left as they sip a welcoming drink.
King Salman awards Trump the gold King Abdulaziz medal, the kingdom’s highest civilian honor.
First Daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are not far behind.
Trump plays the good sport as he takes part in a ceremonial male-only sword dance on Saturday at a head of a state dinner in Trump’s honor with Saudi King Salman.
After two days of meetings in Riyadh, during which he will call for Arab nations to help in the fight against ISIS, President Trump will travel to Israel.
THE PRESIDENT’S ITINERARY FOR HIS FIRST OFFICIAL OVERSEAS TRIP, A 9-DAY MARATHON COVERING 15,600 MILES: