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19 May, 2017

Trump's visit to Riyadh, the first stop on his maiden global trip since taking office in January, will include concluding political and commercial agreements with Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

In his first few months in office, US President Donald Trump has continuously broken with tradition and thrown convention to the wind.

Trump is bucking tradition by journeying away from North America for his first foreign trek - the past five presidents all visited USA neighbors Canada or Mexico as their first venture overseas.

The official said Ms Trump will take part in a round-table discussion in Saudi Arabia on women's economic issues. He will leave Friday.

"I expect to see a flurry of exciting-sounding deals with some large figures attached", Salisbury said. They've run the gamut from sharing of sensitive national security information with Russian officials to the disclosure that his former national security adviser was being paid by Turkish interests when he made a key foreign policy decision.

CBN News' David Brody will be traveling with the president.

Mr Trump and his team regard the trip as an opportunity for the US President to unify Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders against extremism, a senior administration official said. The information, about an IS threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from Israel and there were concerns a valuable Israeli asset could be in danger, a USA official said, requesting anonymity to discuss the sensitive material.

Coinciding with the visit is a business forum on Saturday in Riyadh with CEOs from companies like GE and Dow Chemical.

Then it's on to Rome and a meeting with Pope Francis. Mr Tillerson will join him for most of the trip; Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will join Mr Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference.

Trump will encounter a slew of thorny foreign policy issues on his trip, which features stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, a G7 meeting in Sicily, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and a visit to the Vatican. He is set for meetings with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Italy and Belgium, all of which could become gaffe-fests for the loose-lipped and inexperienced president.

"If he doesn't, the Saudis will have gotten the better deal", McCants said. Quite what his message will be - the speech is being written by White House adviser Stephen Miller, an ideologue linked to white nationalism and Islamophobia - is unclear.


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