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Trump's decision to make Saudi Arabia his first overseas stop sends a powerful message to the kingdom: the strained ties that marked US-Saudi relations under president Barack Obama are over.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany Trump for most of the itinerary, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday.

As a candidate he foreshadowed a homebody presidency - touting himself as the "America First" leader who would shun foreign travel to fix the "carnage" in the US.

Trump departs. He's said his pick to replace James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director could be announced before he leaves. While he's in Saudi Arabia this weekend, Trump intends to unveil his ideas for what White House officials are calling an "Arab NATO" that would help lead a fight against terrorism, according to The Washington Post.

"The common interests of these worldwide leaders are what bring them together in Riyadh", he said, including issues ranging from terrorism to rekindling United States ties post-Obama.

Adding to the 60 billion dollars arms sold to Riyadh by the previous Obama administration, Trump's planned arms sales to the Kingdom will spur risky arms race by introducing massive new disparity, e.g., between Iran and the Saudi-led bloc of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states that routinely outspend Iran by a ratio of more than 10 to 1.

"This historic summit", he said, "will establish new partnerships against extremism and promote the twin values of tolerance and coexistence".

The trip might also allow Mr Trump to divert the narrative from the Russian Federation scandal, said Ron Christie, a Republican strategist who served in the Bush White House.

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Instead, his first steps on foreign soil as President will pitch him into the bear pit of Middle Eastern politics in the world's most war-ravaged region, where sectarian tensions seethe and leaders have to master the law of the political jungle simply to survive.

McMaster said Trump will also take part "in the inauguration of a new center meant to fight radicalism and promote moderation".

In an unprecedented political event, Riyadh will host three summits on Saturday and Sunday, under the motto "Together We Prevail". The other basks in the adulation of a West looking for American leadership, an Israel working to make peace with Palestinians, and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that he is eager to cooperate with. The information, about an IS threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from Israel and there were concerns a valuable Israeli asset could be in danger, a USA official said, requesting anonymity to discuss the sensitive material.

The same official said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will be a strong theme of the trip, with an emphasis on "increased burden sharing".

Trump's plans include a prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. A diplomatic spat emerged after an American official reportedly told the Israelis the site is "not your territory."

Though the Saudi government is framing Trump's visit around a theme of friendship with Washington, prominent Saudis say it boils down to strategic interests.

Carafano said Trump can shine in small meetings with other leaders, and he does not worry that the president's attention will wander during the big group sessions.

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