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No headscarf for Melania Trump despite husband's 2015 attack on Michelle Obama

No headscarf for Melania Trump despite husband's 2015 attack on Michelle Obama

President Donald Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip overseas, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge strong alliances to combat terrorism while pushing past the multiple controversies threatening to engulf his young administration.

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir called the results of Trump's meetings with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz "the beginning of a turning point" between the United States, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies.

Shortly after his arrival, Salman presented Trump with a gilded necklace and medal, the country's highest honor.

President Trump was lavished with extravagant royal pomp Saturday, an elaborate start to a trip meant to bolster worldwide partnerships but which aides now hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home.

Also joining the President: first lady Melania Trump, who disembarked Air Force One alongside her husband Saturday in a flowing black jumpsuit with a gold belt.

The centerpiece of Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia will be a speech Sunday at the Arab-Islamic-American summit. Saudi Arabia has previously bestowed the honour on Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Obama.

First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia without a headscarf as did the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka is accompanied by her husband Jared Kushner.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Saudi Arabia is the top destination for U.S. arms, with the kingdom purchasing about 10 per cent of U.S. exports from 2011 to 2015.




The network noted that Donald Trump had once criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf on a 2015 Saudi Arabian trip.

James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief fired by Trump, has agreed to testify publicly about Russian interference in the U.S. elections. A source confirmed to CNN that Stone was among those who advised the President to fire former FBI Director James Comey, which Politico first reported.

Trump is on a five-country multi-day foreign trip.

Appearing alongside his Saudi counterpart Saturday, Tillerson was asked about recent reports surrounding the Russian Federation investigation.

Day one of his nine-day foreign trip - his first as president - saw the signing of arms sales agreements and discussions on trade, terrorism, Iran and the wars in Syria and Yemen.

White House economic adviser Gary Gohn told reporters traveling with the president that the deal will "invest a lot of money in the US and have a lot of USA companies invest and build things over here".

Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced the creation of a new military industries firm as part of the kingdom's efforts to boost defence production. Parallel to these meetings, a forum for the fight against terror and extremism is to be held, sponsored by the Saudi-led anti-terror military coalition.

But Trump questioned that on Twitter during the 2012 campaign: "Do we still want a President who bows to the Saudis.?" he asked.


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