Under political fire at home, U.S. President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI. Rosanna Philpott reports
Signing to agree to a $110 billion arms deal, during what President Donald Trump called a 'tremendous' first day in Saudi Arabia. The deal a central achievement on the first day of his journey through the Middle East and Europe. On Sunday (May 21), Trump delivering a speech on 'the need to confront radical ideology'. This after his attempted travel ban on Muslim majority countries. Trump also meeting with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, eating lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries and even joining in with traditional sword dancing with his hosts. It's his first trip abroad since taking office but his antics here have failed to shift attention from political turmoil in Washington. The repercussions over his decision to fire FBI director James Comey and the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump's election campaign ties to Russia, raising suspicions over whether Trump was trying to quash a probe into potential Russian connections. These headlines at home casting a long shadow over his trip. His next stop this week is Israel, followed by Europe for the NATO summit in Brussels and the G7 in Sicily.