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20 May 2017, 04:14 | Erica Roy
Former FBI Director James Comey. AP
The decision to choose the Muslim holy lands for Mr Trump's first foreign visit has been noted with interest in Washington but his decision to speak about Islam in his address to the summit in Riyadh has generated even more interest, and some derisions too.
The bombshell revelation that Israel was apparently the source of the highly classified information that Donald Trump was accused of divulging in a meeting with Russian officials almost threatened to compromise the allies' security ties.
Trump will also have to tread carefully when dealing with the Saudi royals and avoid the appearance of taking sides in the kingdom's bubbling war of succession between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Arab-Islamic-American summit is one of the three Riyadh has planned for President Trump's visit.
Mr. Sharif has reaffirmed Pakistan's "alliance with the Kingdom by recalling the commonality of views of two countries on most regional and global issues and their collaboration" for achieving common interests and objectives.
Secondly, the Washington Post are reporting that a law enforcement investigation into the alleged possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump Presidential campaign have identified a senior White House adviser as a significant person of interest.
Quoting the Koran and calling attention to Islam's contributions to the world, President Barack Obama in 2009 addressed thousands of young students at Cairo University in Egypt in an attempt to turn the page on the policies of his predecessor that saw tens of thousands of USA troops deployed to Muslim countries.
After meeting Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Trump will see Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem, part of his efforts to revive the long-stagnant Middle East peace process. It is a markedly different message from his campaign tweet that said "Saudi Arabia and numerous countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays".
Mr Sharif is among the 54 leaders who would join US President Donald Trump for the summit being held on Sunday.
"We're not going to lecture anyone", a senior White House official said ahead of Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia. He also plans to travel to Israel, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.
Critics of Trump's rhetoric fear it gives encouragement to zealots on the other side.
Trump's daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner exited from the rear of the plane, holding hands as they walked across the tarmac.
Saudi Arabia was opposed to the deal the Obama administration helped strike with Iran to curtail its nuclear program.
Trump and King Salman exchanged a handshake and Trump said it was "a great honor" to be there.
In addition to offering Mr Trump the option of steak and ketchup alongside national dishes, the kingdom will host a male only concert by American country musician singer Toby Keith, known for songs like Whiskey Girl.
"We hope that this historic event will represent an important step toward eliminating terrorism suffered by the peoples of the world without exception", he said.
The two men were then expected to have a bilateral meeting.
Michelle Obama did not cover her head when she accompanied then-President Barack Obama on a condolence visit in January 2015 after the death of King Abdullah.
The reports emerged as Mr Trump departed for his first overseas trip as United States president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election.
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