Trump signs Saudi defense, economic deals means new jobs


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local):

President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman signed a series of agreements cementing their countries’ military and economic partnerships.

The two leaders signed a joint vision agreement Saturday at the Saudi Royal Court and sealed it with a handshake.

The agreements also include a military sales deal of about $110 billion, effective immediately, plus another $350 billion over the next 10 years.

The two countries also announced a defense cooperation agreement and private sector agreements Saturday that are intended to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. defense industry.

Trump has been tending to official business on his first day overseas as president.

President Donald Trump will attend a signing ceremony with Saudi Arabia’s leadership to cement a number of defense and business agreements.

The two countries will also signed a defense cooperation agreement and private sector agreements Saturday which are intended to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. defense industry.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has received the nation’s highest civilian honor from Saudi King Salman.

The king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud around Trump’s neck at a ceremony at the Royal Court in Riyadh.

The host of the event declared that Trump was being honored for “his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world.”

The honor has also been bestowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

Trump was joined by first lady Melania Trump and several senior White House aides who were interspersed with Saudi officials throughout a grand ballroom.

As expected President Donald Trump is tweeting for the first time while abroad on his first foreign trip.

Trump’s account is delivering a diplomatic message. It says that it’s “Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia” and says Trump is “Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead.”

The tweet was accompanied by several photos of the president’s arrival in the Middle East.

It’s his first stop on a busy, nine-day trip.

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