Hundreds of guests, an elaborate palace, and sword dancing—this is how the Saudis welcomed President Donald Trump on Saturday.
In an elaborate scene that would seem too bizarre for Hollywood, the Saudi royal family threw a massive party to celebrate Trump’s visit to the important Middle Eastern nation and U.S. trade partner. During the festivities, which were aired on Saudi Arabia’s Host TV, Trump cabinet members and top officials schmoozed, wined and dined with some of the richest and most powerful people in the region.
And then the dancing started.
On a video airing on the Fox News Channel, you can see what seems like hundreds of dancers performing some sort of a choreographed routine. Joining in on the festivities were Wilbur Ross, the secretary of the Department of Commerce, and Rex Tillerson, the secretary of the State Department. In case you’re wondering, yes, those are swords slung on their shoulders.
Trump, who had yet to arrive at this point, eventually makes his way to the party and joins in on the dancing. If you watch closely, you’ll see a Saudi official hands a sword to Trump, who then smiles and dances.
And here is President Trump dancing in Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/6KkCmwoVvN
— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 20, 2017
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Trump happier, and why shouldn’t he be? Thus far, Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia has been successful, especially in light of Trump's stated goals for the region. Trump announced on Saturday the United States and the Saudis have entered into a $110 billion arms deal, which Tillerson said could end up swelling to $350 billion, according to a report by Reuters.
Trump said the deal will provide "hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs. So, I would like to thank all of the people of Saudi Arabia."
On Sunday, Trump is expected to deliver an important foreign policy speech before 50 leaders of Muslim-majority nations in which he will ask the officials to join him in a “coalition of nations” that will fight "extremism."
“Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God,” Trump is expected to say, according to a report by Fox News. “Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination.”
(H/T: Fox News Insider)