Bloomberg: Saudis Have a Red Carpet Ready for Trump, and a Steep Wish-List
* Kingdom’s leaders have hailed new era after frost with Obama
* But from Syria to Yemen, U.S. policy may not meet Saudi hopes
Saudi Arabia is putting on a show for Donald Trump on his first overseas trip as U.S. president. Muslim leaders will assemble in Riyadh, and there’ll be an exhibition of classic American cars as well as sports matches and concerts. An online clock counts down the seconds until the big day.
Behind the pageantry are high expectations that won’t be easy to meet.
Among Gulf leaders, enthusiasm for Trump -- who looks increasingly embattled at home -- is driven by the desire for a like-minded partner in the oil-rich kingdom’s struggle against Iran, its main Middle Eastern rival. That, to Saudi eyes, overrides his record of anti-Islamic rhetoric on the campaign trail, and his attempt to bar some Muslims from entering the U.S. once he took office.
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WNU Editor: The leaders from primarily 50 Sunni nations are going to be at this summit .... President Trump will definitely be having an opportunity to address a Muslim audience that U.S. Presidents rarely get the chance to do. On a side note .... while researching for this post I found that about 90% of the U.S. news articles that are out there are overwhelmingly negative about President Trump and this trip .... the foreign press .... especially from the Middle East (with the exception of Iran) are overwhelmingly positive.
More News On President Trump's Foreign Trip To The Middle East
Trump, dogged by questions at home, makes first trip abroad -- AP
Seeking a new narrative, Trump embarks on trip to Middle East and Europe -- Reuters
Saudis eye Iran and ignore Trump's temperament as red carpet rolled out -- The Guardian
Royal welcome expected for Trump in Saudi Arabia -- Washington Post
Saudi Arabia says Trump visit to bolster cooperation -- Al Jazeera
Donald Trump to deliver speech on Islam to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia -- The Independent
Trump will speak to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia about radical Islam -- The Hill
A Trump Doctrine for the Middle East? -- Michael Doran, NYT
Trump Saudi visit aims to build new relationship -- BBC
President Trump's First Foreign Trip Has High Stakes at Each Stop -- Jonathan Lemire, TIME/AP
A guide to all you need to know about Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia -- Arab News
President Trump's Travel Schedule Includes Stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium -- Newsweek