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King Salman of Saudi Arabia presents President Trump with highest civilian honour

On Saturday, His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His Majesty awarded President Trump the country’s highest civilian honour, the Order of King Abdulaziz. The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud was placed around Trump’s neck by the King at the Royal Court. The President accepted the honour on behalf of the United States as President Obama and President Bush before him. It will be given to the National Archives upon his return as it is against the U.S. Constitution, as written in Article I, Section 9, Clause 8, for a government official to accept a foreign honour for himself or herself.

The King said the President was awarded the honour for “his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May has also received the Order of King Abdelaziz.

King Salman, third from the left, welcomes President Trump to Murabba Palace with his ceremonial swordsmen. Photo: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (US Government Work/Public Domain)

King Salman held a banquet in honour of the President and First Lady at Murabba Palace that evening in Riyadh. The President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, also an advisor to the President, were also in attendance alongside US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

After the banquet, the King and President held private talks, and an agreement was signed between the United States and Saudi Arabia which includes an arms deal worth a reported $110 billion, effective immediately.

This is the first official trip for the President, and Saudi Arabia is the first of several stops in the Middle East and Europe. The Emir of Qatar and King of Bahrain met President Trump on Sunday.

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