BUT AT THE SAME TIME the White House is also preparing for Trump's first foreign trip as president.
The speech on combating radical Islam is to be given to around 50 Muslim leaders during the President's first official visit to Saudi Arabia.
On the line with me to discuss the strategic and political implications of this trip is Dave DesRoches, an associate professor at National Defense University.
US President Donald Trump will leave for Saudi Arabia on Friday on his first foreign visit as president.More news: Besty DeVos booed at Bethune-Cookman University
The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years. We protect them. We protect them.
But for Riyadh, analysts say, a primary goal is to showcase its leadership of the Muslim world, especially in the face of regional rival Iran.
An American singer performing in Saudi Arabia is a big leap for the country.
Riyadh is expecting the US President to make assurances that his administration will continue to crack down on the Islamic Republic and to maintain the pressure it is exerting with regards to its malign activities. McMaster told reporters that, while in the Palestinian territories, Trump "will convey the eagerness to facilitate an agreement that ends the conflict and he will urge leaders to take steps that will help lead to peace".More news: Iran TV censors Rouhani documentary ahead of elections
Reports from the region about early discussions of the project said that in addition to Saudi Arabia, initial participants in the coalition would include the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan, with the United States playing an organizing and support role while staying outside the alliance.
Trump is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican before attending attending the G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Taormina, Italy, and Brussels, respectively.
Trump travels to Jerusalem where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and deliver remarks at the Israel museum. "What this trip hopefully will do is just change the environment".
It is also considered a snub to Iran as Trump prepares for a summit meeting with a number of predominately Sunni-ruled countries that of course excludes Tehran.More news: Tornado Watch Now in Effect for the Area
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