Trump heads to Saudi Arabia on first foreign trip


US President Donald Trump has headed to Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip, which is chiefly aimed at forming a united front against Iran.

The new Republican president and his wife, Melania, left aboard Air Force One on Friday night. The six-stop trip also included visits to Palestine, the Israeli-occupied territories, Vatican, Italy and Belgium.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the visit was aimed at getting Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations in the region to stand in “unity” with Israel and confront Iran.

The top US diplomat also said that Trump had purposely chosen the three destinations for his first foreign trip because they represented Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Trump also plans to deliver on his promises to boost manufacturing jobs in the US by offering the Riyadh regime a wide range of weapons deals, Reuters reported earlier this month, citing unnamed sources within the administration.

According to Reuters,…

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