This is the first trip abroad of Donald Trump, who hopes for a respite after a week of revelations, overwhelming in Washington.
Air Force One landed shortly before 10: 00 (9: 00 A.M. in Switzerland) in the saudi capital, where Mr Trump with his wife Melania, has been welcomed with great pomp by the king Salman on the red carpet.
The president appeared relaxed, whereas in Washington, new developments on the investigation Russian came to be revealed. Factor of additional concern to the White House: the Senate announced that the former head of the FBI James Comey, silent since his dismissal brutal ten days ago, had agreed to testify.
Mr. Trump was welcomed at her descent of plane, by king Salman, who also shook the hand of his wife Melania.
The first lady of the United States was dressed simply: a wide trousers with high waist and a long sleeved shirt color black with a wide gold belt. His hair was in the wind.
The saudi sovereign 81 years old, then accompanied the presidential couple to the vip room of the airport where it had taken place between Mr. Trump and his wife.
The eldest daughter of Mr. Trump, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are part of the u.s. delegation.
Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be strongly protecting American interests – that’s what I like to do!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2017
If his predecessors kept traditionally their first move to their direct neighbor Mexico or Canada, ex-real estate mogul has chosen the monarchy oil saudi, the first step in a long journey that will end in Europe.
The mistrust of the country’s sunni Gulf vis-a-vis Barack Obama was well-known. Like Israel, saudi Arabia and its allies have warmly welcomed the election of Mr. Trump.
King Salman has called for “a new partnership” between the United States and the muslim countries, whose number of leaders will be present Sunday in Riyadh.
“It will be a message more hard on Iran (the great rival shiite, editor’s NOTE), there will be no lesson on democracy and the rights of Man, and he will be applauded,” says Philip Gordon, of the Council on Foreign Relations. “But the real question is, what will, and what he can hope to obtain.”
Contracts for armament
The White House called for a stronger involvement of Gulf countries in the fight against those that Donald Trump qualifies as a “terrorist islamic radicals”.
On Sunday, the us president will deliver in Riyadh in front of a fifty leaders of muslim countries a speech emphasizing his “hopes” for a “peaceful vision” of islam.
“I shall be conveying the position of the american people in a manner free and clear,” promised Mr. Trump in his speech to the weekly broadcast on Friday night.
Eight years ago, his predecessor, Barack Obama, from Cairo, called for a “new beginning” between the United States and muslims around the world, “a departure based on mutual interest and mutual respect”.
The visit of Mr. Trump should also give rise to announcements of contracts for armaments loaded with promise for american industry.
“The huge question mark to keep in mind if saudi Arabia signed contracts for a total of 100 billion dollars, is how they will be able to pay the bill, with the current oil prices”, says Bruce Riedel, a former CIA now an analyst at the Brookings Institution.
Friday night, the air defence of saudi arabia announced that it had “intercepted” at 180 km south-west of Riyadh a missile fired by the rebel Houthis from Yemen neighbor, ravaged by war for more than two years.
A military coalition of arab under the leadership of saudi arabia has since march 2015 in Yemen in support of the government of president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthis, allied units of the army remained loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Despite this incident, saudi Arabia, where Donald Trump will spend two days, may in the end be the step the easier the journey of the new tenant of the White House, struggling to take its brands.
His journey will take him to Israel, the palestinian Territories, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily to the summits of Nato and the G7, where the european allies of Washington will be seeking clear commitments.
Beyond its guidelines diplomatic, the behavior of the exuberance of the president in his seventies, will be observed a magnifying glass.
During his eight days away from the United States, will share there every morning on Twitter its exaspérations, as he picked up the habit of doing since his arrival to power on 20 January?
His team, shaken by a sequence upheaval that has pushed some elected republicans to express their reservations, strives for the time to put forward the dimension of “history” of this movement, during which the 45th u.s. president will go to the meeting of the three great monotheistic religions. (tty/nxp)
Created: 20.05.2017, 04h10