BY NDUEHE IDIONG
US President Donald Trump has arrived in Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip since becoming president.
His eight-day trip will also take in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Brussels, the Vatican, and Sicily.
He has strongly criticised the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee an inquiry into alleged Russian influence on the US election.
The trip takes in the capitals of the three major monotheistic religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Hours before Mr Trump’s arrival, Saudi air defence units said they had brought down a rocket south of the capital, Riyadh, that was fired from Yemen by Houthi rebels.
Saudi warplanes are reported to have carried out retaliatory strikes on targets close to the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.