Trump, Dogged by Questions at Home, Makes 1st Trip Abroad

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

While President Donald Trump will be on his first overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, Toby Keith will be coming along to perform a concert on Saturday.

Trump's first trip overseas since taking office is starting on Friday.

Trump also hopes Arab states like Saudi Arabia can play a role in brokering a deal between Israel and the Palestinians - an idea some Persian Gulf leaders have privately entertained, if Israel were to offer certain concessions.

Alcohol is banned in the country that segregates unrelated men and women in public places. While in Saudi Arabia, President Trump is scheduled to give a speech in support of moderate Islam, according to the Washington Post.

Toby Keith performs at a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again!"

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who will participate in the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21, will convey Bangladesh's position to send troops to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia if the country's sovereignty and the security of its two holy mosques are threatened, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said yesterday. As for Keith, this concert is possible due to the country loosening its laws toward entertainment and musical concerts.

Keith performed at Trump's inauguration in January.

Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia will reinforce the "strategic partnership" between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. while boosting their joint fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the kingdom's foreign minister has said.

"I don't apologize for performing for our country or military", he told Entertainment Weekly at the time.

Keith, born in Oklahoma, released his debut album in 1993 and is known for hits including "Red Solo Cup" and "I Wanna Talk About Me".

Other reports by GizPress

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