Trump, White House officials bounce along to Saudi sword dance

At a joint press conference he also said Saudi Arabia will become "more capable of carrying their fair share of the burden".

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, right, welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20, 2017. The President emphasized the importance of working jointly to address challenges to regional peace and security, including defeating ISIS and al-Qa'eda, countering Iran's destabilizing activities, and resolving conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

The US president was given a warm welcome in the oil-rich kingdom - a mood in sharp contrast to Washington where pressure is building after fresh claims over his team's alleged links to Moscow. The scheduling choice is designed in part to show respect to the region after months of harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric.

Trump arrived in Riyadh besieged by the fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey and more revelations about the federal investigations into his election campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday Washington's relations with Bahrain were set to improve, after meeting with the king of the Gulf Arab state during a visit to Saudi Arabia. The lavish welcome continued as the leaders traveled to the Saudi Royal Court.

And Trump's luxury hotel was bathed in red, white and blue lights and, at times, an image of the president's face, Fox News reports.

Trump embarked on his first foreign trip as president on Friday and is expected to follow up his stay in Saudi Arabia with visits to the Vatican, Sicily, Belgium and Israel, where he is slated to land on Monday. Some even suggested Trump curtsied before the king.

Soon after, Trump lauded the deals as "tremendous investments in the United States".

After an overnight flight, the president was greeted at the airport by King Salman, which was notable given that the monarch did not show up previous year to welcome President Barack Obama on his final visit to Saudi Arabia.

The $110 billion deal for Saudi purchases of USA defence equipment and services came at the start of an eight-day foreign tour that will also take Trump to Jerusalem, the Vatican and meetings with leaders in Europe.

Sitting at one end of the ballroom beside Salman, Trump, who arrived in the room looking drained from the long flight to Saudi Arabia and series of meetings, began to smile and applaud as the exchanges took place.

But covering one's head is not required for foreigners, and some Western women choose to forego the headscarf while in Saudi Arabia.

  • Leroy Wright