See the Highlights of President Trump's First Trip Abroad

"This wicked ideology must be obliterated". He is on a nine-day trip through the Middle East and Europe that ends on Saturday after visits to the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.

"In order that he would consent to participate, the cursed Trump demanded Al Saud to offer almost half a trillion dollars (500 billion dollars) as a price for the Hubal [moon god] of the age, America, to commit to defending their thrones and making them and their sons secure in ruling Bilad al-Haramein", they said, using their name for the land of the mosques of Mecca and Medina.

Abbas said he was keen to "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors".

Israel considers the entire city to be its capital while the global community says the future of east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians, must be resolved through negotiations. $110 billion is more than former President Barack Obama authorized in his eight years in the White House. More than 20 people were killed by an apparent suicide bomber. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The official said the Saudi Arabia stop was an "amazing coming together of a lot of people" who are "looking for an opportunity to follow the lead of what the president wanted to speak about".

The Obama administration's nuclear negotiations further fueled Gulf nations' worries about Iran's regional intentions, especially as it backs Shiite militias fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and supported the government of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad that many had opposed through supporting rebel groups there.

Yet, many leaders and nations in that room were also responsible for numerous same charges Trump had laid at Tehran's door.

To get to Bethlehem from Jerusalem, Trump's motorcade passed through streets lined with heavily armed security forces and an opening in Israel's towering separation barrier, a visual reminder of the complexities of the conflict in the region. They include easing travel for Palestinians between the West Bank and Jordan, developing two new industrial zones and increasing the number of building permits issued to Palestinians in parts of the West Bank where Jewish settlements are located amid Arab communities.

As a historian who has studied efforts in the past to build acceptance of religious pluralism in the United States, I am concerned by Trump's departure from historical precedent.

NOW: First lady Melania Trump and the president's eldest daughter Ivanka showed off their locks, following in the footsteps, not only of Michelle Obama, but of female leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The family was separated by gender.

Canada was selected as the site of a first presidential foreign visit for US presidents Harding, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton and Obama. President Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone.

The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former USA secretary of state John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after around a year of largely fruitless discussion.

However, Mr Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new 110 billion United States dollar (£85 billion) arms deal he announced during his stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about the revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he argued he never mentioned Israel, the source of the classified intelligence, according to various officials - something he has not been accused of doing. "So you have another story wrong". -Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific".

The reception marked a contrast from his difficulties at home where he is struggling to contain a mushrooming scandal after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey almost two weeks ago.

The moment was an abrupt interruption of an otherwise warm and smooth welcome for Trump to the Holy Land.

"I think this sends a very strong message to our common enemies". "It won't be simple". "But for the first time in many years - and, Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime - I see a real hope for change".

Netanyahu and Abbas were not scheduled to meet during Trump's visit.

A senior administration official told Reuters last week that Trump remained committed to his campaign pledge to ultimately relocate the embassy but did not plan to announce such a move while on his trip.


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