By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Scott Campbell and Dave Burke For Mailonline
President Donald Trump has landed in Saudi Arabia as he begins his first foreign tour since taking office.
Donald Trump, pictured with his wife Melania, touched down Saturday in the Middle Eastern country after tweeting about his excitement for his first 'big foreign trip'
He touched down in the Middle East this morning, hours after tweeting about his excitement for his first 'big foreign trip.'
Trump flew to the capital Riyadh overnight on Air Force One – becoming the only president to make Saudi Arabia, or any majority Muslim country, his first stop overseas as president.
His arrival following a 6,700-mile flight was met with the pomp usually reserved for a Papal welcome in South America.
The president got the red carpet treatment – literally – and some airport workers took off their shoes before manicuring it with brooms in 97-degree heat.
The president got the red carpet treatment – literally – and airport workers took off their shoes before manicuring it with brooms in 97-degree heat
Trump and First Lady Melania take part in a welcome ceremony by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (right) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh today, accompanied by Prince Khaled bin Salman (center)
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were both seen arriving in the Middle East on Trump's first foreign tour since taking office
There were 30 US flags at the ready, a tiny fraction of the thousands that line streets and highways between the airport and the city center.
A 90-person Royal Saudi Air Forces honor guard practiced rifle drills and then stood at attention while Trump and his kingly escort ambled toward the terminal.
He heard an eight-bugle fanfare, watched a seven-jet flyover trailing red, white and blue smoke. And cannon fire. Lots of cannon fire, which didn't cease until Trump and King Salman were safely inside.
Inside the terminal, the fragrant smell of oud filled the air as workers burned the aromatic wood in charcoal lamps.
The scheduling choice is designed in part to show respect to the region after months of harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric.
His first overseas speech is expected to frame the global fight against ISIS and other Islamist terror groups as a 'battle between good and evil' – but drafts suggests he will not use the phrase 'radical Islamic terrorism.'
Trump will also call on leaders in the Middle East to 'drive out terrorists from your places of worship.'
Wafting saudi oud scents also permeate the air in the souks – marketplaces – that snake through the oldest part of town. Just steps away is Ad Deerah, known to locals as 'chop-chop square' because of periodic public beheadings.
Trump will face questions over the weekend about the wisdom of establishing partnerships with a government known for human rights violations and for its Medieval treatment of women.
Females cannot drive cars in the kingdom, and their every move, from travel to shopping, is overseen by male family members.
On Saturday the only females seen among the welcome retinue were a pair of small girls presenting flowers and an African-American woman, who turned out to be a U.S. Secret Service agent.