A Smile and a Handshake
In the early days of his disastrous presidency, Obama made a trip to the Middle East to visit with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. However, the visit wasn’t the story. The real story was about Obama bowing to the king. A move that would both literally and figuratively underscore his legacy as a weak president.
Thankfully, those days are over and President Trump is restoring American exceptionalism on the global stage. Trump arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday, marking his first trip to Middle East since he took office in January. And he greeted King Salman as the leader of the free world should-with a smile and a handshake.
After stepping off Air Force One, King Salman appeared to bow slightly to President Trump while shaking his hand. Meanwhile, the president stood tall and confident. Standing next to him was First Lady, Melania Trump, who was also proudly wearing her down for all to see. She wasn’t sporting the traditional Muslim hijab.
What a difference an election can make, right? Having a president who refuses to bow to kings, or anyone for that matter, is a remarkable step towards “Making America Great Again.” Nonetheless, President Trump’s arrival was met with a celebration…
Fit for A King
According to early reports, President Trump was met with pomp and circumstance usually reserved for South American Papal. 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.
In addition, there were 30 U.S. flags at the ready at the airport which only represented a small portion of the thousands that lined 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 President Trump and his escort made their way 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. The Saudi King later presented Trump with the kingdom’s top civilian honor, the gold King Abdul-Aziz medal, at the royal court.
And did we mention that he never bowed once? Welcome back America!