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Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia, with domestic troubles looming

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Trump has arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital to begin an eight-day foreign tour that will test the new administration’s capacity to manage complex international diplomacy and a growing political crisis at home.

Air Force One touched down at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport just before 10 a.m. local time, delivering the Republican who has angered Muslims around the world with his proposed travel ban to the nation that houses Islam’s most holy sites.

Saudi’s royal family is offering an elaborate welcome to a new U.S. president for whom they have great hopes of resetting a bilateral relationship that became increasingly strained during the Obama administration over its pursuit of a nuclear agreement with rival Iran.

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