Chris Murphy

Trump's trip is expected to shine a spotlight on the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia

Trump's trip is expected to shine a spotlight on the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia

President Trump, embarking this week on his first overseas trip as U.S. leader, can count on a warm reception in his first stop: historic American ally Saudi Arabia, the Sunni Muslim powerhouse of the Persian Gulf region.

Relations between the conservative, oil-rich kingdom and Trump’s predecessor, President Obama, were notably chilly by the end of his tenure, so both sides see this presidential visit as a chance for a fresh start.

But even on such friendly territory, there are points on which longstanding U.S. interests diverge from those of the House of Saud, the ruling royal family. With Trump making his world-stage debut just after an outcry over his reported disclosure of...

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