Trump takes off from Washington for 9-day trip aboard Air Force One
US President Donald Trump and the First Lady took off aboard Air Force One Friday for a nine-day foreign trip to four countries, landing first in Saudi Arabia on Saturday May 20. There, he will deliver a speech on Islam before some 50 Arab and Muslim rulers.
The streets of Riyadh are decked with US flags and huge placards of President Trump and King Salman in honor of Trump making the oil kingdom his first foreign destination after taking office. His next stop is Jerusalem, May 22, where he has a crowded program including one or two separate meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Trump has scheduled a prayer at the Western Wall to call on the world’s three main faiths to unite against extremism. He will meet Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, before taking off for Rome and the Vatican followed by Brussels. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend him at several points of his trip.
With the president aboard Air Force One are his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser.