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Dealmaker Trump will be busy in Saudi Arabia

Dealmaker Trump will be busy in Saudi Arabia

Trump is traveling to the kingdom Friday on his first foreign trip. These are not the best of circumstances.

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with Russian Federation during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety".

Trump is expected to be welcomed warmly by leaders in Riyadh and Jerusalem, but lingering questions over his views on the Iran nuclear deal, commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation security and skepticism of the Paris climate agreement could generate tension at meetings with European counterparts in Brussels and Sicily.

President Donald Trump is to depart Friday on an eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe.

"The Trump administration is very cognizant of the dangers Iran represent to the region", he said, and will work "to contain Iran".

"Several agreements will be signed, whether political agreements... and big economic agreements", he said. President Trump's first trip is much farther from home.

"Any new president has to be better than President Obama, because no one was worse for us than Obama", said Salman al-Dossary, a writer for the Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Asked about any possible meeting with Donald Trump and other leaders on the sidelines, the foreign minister said, "Let's see".

Saudi leaders seek to convince President Donald Trump that his priorities are theirs, too, and that they are indispensable partners in fighting terrorism, in confronting Iran, in bolstering US businesses and perhaps in pursuing peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

KEITH: Well, President Trump had previously said that he thought North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was obsolete.

Toby Keith is set to hold a free concert in Saudi Arabia this weekend during President Trump's first official visit.

Here are 5 objectives to watch for as Trump goes overseas. However, it is now clear that Saudi Arabia is not at all anxious about sharing its intelligence with the US.

Saudi Arabia is part of a US-led military coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. This has been revealed by the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir.

He notes that the Saudis have also invited dozens of leaders from other Islamic countries, giving the president the chance to reset relations. It's believed that Raviv had also visited Saudi Arabia in the past while with CBS News.


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