Shoe envy, a Toby Keith concert, and sword dancing — 7 bizarre moments from Trump’s first foreign trip

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The Ritz-Carlton, where Trump stayed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from May 21-22, 2017.
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REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia over the weekend, and the oil-rich kingdom pulled out all the stops.

Saudi Arabia was the first stop on Trump’s weeklong trip abroad, the first of his presidency. He traveled to Israel on Monday, with stops in Vatican City, Belgium, and Italy scheduled over the next week.

While many of the events were a serious affair – from a major speech Trump gave about combatting terrorism to a $110 billion defense deal – the jam-packed weekend also featured many lighthearted moments.

Here are seven entertaining tidbits from Trump’s first trip abroad:


When Trump dined in Saudi Arabia, his favorite meal of steak and ketchup was reportedly offered alongside traditional rice and lamb dishes.

Source: AP


Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross danced while holding swords during a welcome ceremony on Saturday evening.

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President Donald Trump poses for photos with ceremonial swordsmen on his arrival to Murabba Palace, as the guest of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on May 20, 2017.
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Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Source: Business Insider


American country music star Toby Keith hosted a concert in Riyadh on Saturday night, and Trump “did a slow roll” in a golf cart past a livestream of the event with his wife Melania and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. Women weren’t allowed at the concert.

Source: AP


The Ritz-Carlton, where Trump stayed in Riyadh, projected four-story pictures of him and Saudi King Salman on the front of the building, along with the two nation’s flags.

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REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump admired the Egyptian president’s choice of footwear when they met on Sunday. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man!” Trump exclaimed upon seeing Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s shiny black dress shoes.

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Trump (R) meets with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017.
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REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was spotted sleeping during Trump’s big speech on combatting terrorism Sunday.

Source: The Telegraph


Trump, al-Sisi, and Salman placed their hands on a glowing orb to officially open the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology and start a welcome video Sunday night. Twitter lit up with jokes comparing the photo to science fiction villains.

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Saudi Press Agency

Sources: Business Insider, Reuters