Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia, kicking off first foreign trip as president

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President Donald Trump arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh Saturday morning, marking the kick-off of his first foreign trip as president.

The president and first lady Melania Trump landed at King Khalid International Airport around 9:45 a.m. local time after an overnight flight from Washington on Air Force One.

Air Force One touches down in Riyadh. #POTUSAbroadpic.twitter.com/SBdZHlxBYW

— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) May 20, 2017

The Trumps descended down a set of stairs from Air Force Once onto a red carpet, where they were greeted by King Salman. Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Trump exited Air Force One from the back steps, prior to the president. Ivanka wore an ankle-length dress.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh.

King Salman joined the president for a walk down the red carpet, with the Saudi Royal Guard lined up at attention along either side with trumpets playing. Jets also flew overhead, leaving behind a stream of smoke in red, white and blue. The first lady followed behind, dressed in a flowing black jumpsuit and a gold belt.

The president and first lady then walked into the terminal where a coffee reception with King Salman was held. The pair spoke through an interpreter inside the terminal, according to The Associated Press.

Trump and his motorcade then headed to his hotel for a few hours of downtime before starting the day’s meetings.

The high-profile welcome stands in stark contrast to the low-key reception Obama received in the kingdom last year, when the governor of Riyadh was the highest-ranking official to greet the president.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, rear, arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh.AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, rear, arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh.

The Saudis offered Trump an elaborate welcome. Billboards featuring his image lined the highways of Riyadh and lights bathed Trump’s luxury hotel in red, white and blue lights.

Amazing welcome for @POTUS & @FLOTUS in Saudi Arabia. Check out the 15+ miles of????????????????and billboards en route to the hotel. #POTUSAbroadpic.twitter.com/9N02uI65I1

— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) May 20, 2017

About two hours after arriving in Saudi Arabia, Trump tweeted photos of himself there, writing, “Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead. #POTUSAbroad.”

Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead. #POTUSAbroadpic.twitter.com/JJOra0KfyR

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2017

During the hours leading up to Trump’s arrival in Riyadh, White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted photos of the city’s preparations.

Royal Guard prepping for @POTUS arrival in Riyadh. #POTUSabroadpic.twitter.com/swdj7GoDKq

— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) May 20, 2017

Tight security in Riyadh this am awaiting @POTUS arrival. Lot of personnel/Tanks positioned at sites. #POTUSAbroadpic.twitter.com/KVwoTFjuMt

— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) May 20, 2017

Incredible welcome for @POTUS in Riyadh when he arrives – billboards/red white blue lights everywhere. #potusabroadpic.twitter.com/0kmdlhNzOp

— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) May 19, 2017

The trip marks the first time a U.S. president has made Saudi Arabia, a Muslim-majority country, his first stop. Typically, Canada has been the first foreign country a president visits.

After Saudi Arabia, the commander in chief will travel to Israel, Italy, Vatican City and Belgium. During the trip, Trump will meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, King Philippe of Belgium and the leaders of the G7 countries, among others.

The president will take part in bilateral meetings with the Saudi royal leadership while in the kingdom.

The Trumps will join the Saudi royal family for an official dinner Saturday night.

On Sunday, Trump will deliver a speech at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit on U.S. relations with the Muslim world and the global effort to confront religious extremism and promote moderation. He will help inaugurate a “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.”

The president will also attend meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council members.

ABC News’ Alexander Mallin and Adam Kelsey contributed to this report.

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