Donald Trump received Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor within hours of touching down in the Middle Eastern kingdom.
King Salman placed the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar around Mr. Trump’s neck during a ceremony in the country’s capital, Riyadh – the first stop on the US President’s nine-day, five-country tour.
The gold medallion has also been bestowed on Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mr. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
Mr. Trump was being honored for his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia, “and his quest to enhance security and peace… in the region and the world”, the speaker at the ceremony said.
While in Saudi Arabia, the US leader is expected to give a speech on Islam. He also announced a $110bn arms deal between the two countries.
Members of the White House delegation in attendance included First Lady Melania Trump, Mr. Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon…
Upon the president’s arrival, King Salman tweeted: “We welcome @POTUS Trump to KSA. Mr. President, your visit will strengthen our strategic cooperation, lead to global security and stability.”
On Mr. Trump’s first trip abroad as president, he will also visit Israel, the Vatican, Italy, and Belgium.