Saudis’ welcome for President Trump goes into overdrive

With everything happening at home President Donald Trump has even more reason to be heading overseas on his first foreign trip and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ecstatically awaiting his arrival.

Trump will attend three major summits in the oil-rich Sunni kingdom and give a speech on Islam before 55 Muslim leaders from across the Islamic world, beginning May 21.

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The official Saudi website for the summit is counting down the hours and minutes until Trump's arrival, promoting slogans like "Together we prevail" and "Historic summit, brighter future." The official Twitter account is posting images and historical videos that celebrate a "partnership of over 85 years anchored by historical, economic and military ties." The summit, the site says, "will renew Saudi Arabia and U.S. commitments to global security, business, cultural & political ties." The Saudi organizers have also created branded hashtags in Arabic and English for

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Barista Salem al-Warfali, 31, who works at a coffee shop, poses for a photograph in Tripoli, Libya, May 14, 2017. "Trump's policy is aimed at deepening the differences between Muslims and Christians. This will have a very bad impact and will lead to the continuation of hostility," al-Warfali said. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny 
Artist Charbel Fares poses for a photograph near his sculptures at his house near Sidon, southern Lebanon, May 15, 2017. "Trump's policies will lead us either to a world war with the Middle East as its center stage or towards a compromise between all the conflicting powers based on dividing our countries and changing the boundaries determined by the Sykes-Picot agreement (between Britain and France in 1916)," Fares said. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho 
George Gharib poses for a photograph at his accessories shop in Beirut, Lebanon, May 15, 2017. "I do not expect any change in American policies towards the region, especially since President Trump is committed to moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and there is no intention to pressure Israel," Gharib said. "He will be like all previous presidents who came before him with bias and abiding by Israeli interests." REUTERS/Aziz Taher 
Sanaa resident Abdulwali Ahmed Qadhi, poses for a photograph on a bridge in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, May 14, 2017. "What Trump is doing in the Middle East is terrorising, just terrorising. An idiot with no policy but terrorising. He wants countries to recognise Israel," Qadhi said. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah 
Ali Bassem, 26, a member of Iraqi Emergency Response Division force, poses for a photograph at a front line during clashes with Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, Iraq, May 16, 2017. "He is a hero. He got Daesh out of Iraq. He is cooperative with the Iraqi people and we and the Americans are one nation. We are brothers," Bassem said. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
Somar Hazim, 35, poses for a photograph inside his pub in Old Damascus, Syria, May 15, 2017. "The change is his Syria policy based on interests, in the sense that there's no clear methodology," Hazim said. "As for the issue of arming the Kurds, I do not oppose this as long as the goal is fighting a common enemy for the Syrian state, which is Daesh, provided that these weapons are not exploited to create a partitioned idea of Syria." REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki 
Sherine Haji, 23, a Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG), rests in a hospital in Qamishli city, Syria, May 16, 2017. "The plan to arm the YPG is a decision taken late. We have experienced many heavy battles. If this support was happening in the first place, the advances would have been quicker. We would not have to sacrifice many lives," Haji said. "Now I'm wounded, I've lost two legs, but rather than aching because of my pain, I'm worried for my people. This must end, no one else should be in pain. There must be free and peaceful life in this country." REUTERS/Rodi Said 
Watch seller Sameh al-Abani, 38, poses for a photograph at a store in Benghazi, Libya, May 14, 2017. "When Trump took office as president of the U.S., he issued an order preventing some Arab and Muslim nationalities from entering, causing tension in the region," al-Abani said. "His policy in Syria is not clear. Arming the Kurds is not right from my perspective. This will also drive Turkey to launch attacks towards Kurds." REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori 
Banker and blogger Mohammed Ateeq poses for a photograph in Manama, Bahrain, May 13, 2017. "President Trump has promised to dramatically change America's stance in the Middle East most notably by scrapping the Iran nuclear agreement, getting involved to eradicate terrorists in ISIS ... and to negotiate a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians," Ateeq said. "All of these are common promises and rhetoric outlined by most U.S. candidates and previous presidents. However, this is all easier said than done." REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed 
Lara Shahin, 35, a Syrian refugee, poses at a workshop run under Jasmine, a project which hires and trains Syrian refugee women to create handicrafts, in Amman, Jordan, May 16, 2017. "Trump's decision to strike at the air base was a surprise move that raised my hopes the U.S. President will take bolder decisions in future that would end President Bashar al-Assad's rule and allow me to return home to a democratic country," Shahin said. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed 
Ovad Chen poses for a photograph at his falafel shop in Jerusalem, May 16, 2017. "I see myself as a very simple person and I believe that at the end of the day, God controls everything. Therefore, it doesn� really matter what Trump is saying or doing in the Middle East or anywhere else," Chen said. "Even if we might think people are in any sort of control or power, this is all an illusion. God is the real king." REUTERS/Nir Elias 
Anonymous female fighter from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) poses for a photograph at a training camp in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2017. "Trump is a man of war, he works on spreading war, chaos and killing among people. Like other presidents who came before him, I do not see he will bring about peace or any good to the Palestinian people," she said. "I see that there is another war coming." REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa 
Nayef al-Hayzan, 28, poses for a photograph at a cafe in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 15, 2017. "I expect that Trump's visit will have a positive impact on the Saudi economy, and discussions are expected to tackle the problems in Syria and (energy giant) Aramco's privatization in international markets and U.S. markets in particular," al-Hayzan said. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser 
Djamel Bouktech, 66, a dates seller poses for a photograph at his shop in the old city of Algiers, Algeria, May 17, 2017. "I think it� just a simple courtesy visit because the Arabs of the Middle East are and will always be friends and strong allies of the USA. They have common interests also," Bouktech said. "This will have a positive effect for the allies of the USA and negative for the others in the Middle East in the long term because of the fragility of the region." REUTERS/ Ramzi Boudina 
Mubarak Mashali, 20, a student at Cairo University, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo, Egypt, May 17, 2017. "I think Trump is going to ruin things and make them worse than they already are throughout the whole Middle East," Mashali said. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany 
Crafts salesman Hidaya Muhyiddin, 35, poses for a photograph in Erbil, Iraq, May, 14, 2017. "Trump should take speedy decisions, and for Kurds, they are oppressed and America has the right to arm them and support them militarily and financially. America must help Kurds not only in Syria but in all Kurdish areas," Muhyiddin said. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari 
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Saudi social media users have uploaded images showing the streets of Riyadh illuminated by the color of the American flag or billboards showing the faces of Trump and Saudi King Salman.

According to the Washington Post, Trump will use his meeting with Muslim leaders to lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture described by White House officials as an "Arab NATO" to confront terrorism and Iranian ambitions in the region. The Post says the visit came about after behind-the-scenes negotiations between White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Trump will also announce one of the largest weapons deals in history, between $98 billion and $128 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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After his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Trump will head to Israel and the Vatican, the three major monotheistic religions, adding these stops to the previously announced visit to NATO and G7 summits in Brussels and Sicily later this month.

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