Trump's criticism of the nuclear deal Iran reached with the USA and five other world powers in 2015 pleases both Saudi Arabia and Israel, who accused Obama on "going soft" on Tehran. Despite his domestic troubles, Trump was expected to get a warm reception in Saudi Arabia. "Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead", Trump tweeted shortly after his arrival. After spending much of Saturday meeting with King Salman and other members of the royal family, Trump was to end the day at a banquet dinner at the Murabba Palace.
Mueller was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation Director by former President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until 2013.
For example, one photo shows Melania with her legs crossed in the black jumpsuit, sitting with President Trump as the Trumps met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
When women visit Saudi Arabia from Western nations they typically forgo a head covering.
A few hours later, Trump tweeted for the first time on worldwide soil as president, writing "Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia".
President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner (R), as his daughter Ivanka Trump, (L), stands nearby, after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.
Trump was meeting with FBI director candidates when the White House was formally told that a special prosecutor had been named in the Russian Federation investigation.
However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.
The honor has also been bestowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump, who promised during his campaign to move the Tel Aviv-based U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, has so far not done so out of fears such a move would incite the Arab world.
In Riyadh, Saudis prepared to welcome Trump in grand fashion. Billboards featuring images of Trump and the king dotted the highways of Riyadh, emblazoned with the motto "Together we prevail".
The White House has not disputed the language but says the comments were taken out of context.
Trump remains popular in the Gulf, where leaders hope he'll take a harder line on Iran than Obama did.
Poll results showed on Saturday that Iranians had emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, architect of Iran's still-fragile detente with the West. While Trump campaigned as a strident opponent of the nuclear deal, his administration is still reviewing whether to scrap the accord. On Sunday, he'll hold meetings with more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders converging on Riyadh for a regional summit focused largely on combating the Islamic State and other extremist groups.
During meetings this weekend, Trump will work to develop relationships with the leaders, with whom the U.S. hopes to partner on fighting extremism. "This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration. That's taken off." Trump's Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak came one day after Comey was sacked.
Trump's delivery of a speech on Islam before dozens of Muslim leaders gathered in the Saudi capital could prove a far more delicate exercise, however, given the tensions sparked by his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations - now stuck in the U.S. courts.
He spent the remainder of the time reading newspapers and getting very little sleep, according to an aide.