News analysis: How the Sunni Arab world views Trump ahead of his visit

Trump is going to find a warm and approving welcome in Saudi Arabia

The Sunni Arab world widely approves of Trump's military action against Syria's Assad -- the Gulf countries were joyful when Trump gave the order to attack the Syrian Shaayrat airbase last month and have thought he would take further action on that front.

Saudi Arabia last week finalized a deal to buy weapons worth over $100 billion from the U.S.

Many Arab media outlets, which are largely state-controlled, have brushed aside concerns about the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Trump's election campaign and the Muslim travel ban, at least for now.

One editorial in Saudi newspaper Okaz writes approvingly that "American presidents usually start with visiting countries that they share a geographical connection with" and that Trump is breaking with that tradition by making Saudi Arabia one of his first destinations "at a time when the Middle East is suffering from instability that is affecting world peace, knowing that Saudi Arabia has to play an active role" before the situation can improve. Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia “indicates a return to Saudi-U.S.-relations pre the Obama era, which were slackening because of his flighty foreign policies," the article read.

An editorial in the Jordanian al-Ghad newspaper noted that Trump's visits to Arab countries sends three messages: One is a "unifying message" of "tolerance and non-exclusion after his first executive decisions made him look like an anti-Muslim figure." The second message is "Trump's and his administration's desire to express confidence in the traditional allies of America" and the third message is "a new era in U.S. foreign policy."

Lastly, many in the Arab World see Trump's election and his arrival in the White House as proof of the weakness of the U.S. Many Arabs say they see Trump as an unusual figure and find it hard to understand how he became president of the U.S.

The goings on of the Trump family in general are also closely followed in magazines and social media across the Middle East. A huge number of social media jokes and old clips from his TV reality show are being passed around. There is even an upcoming Syrian sketch due to air during Ramadan about the Trumps with a Syrian actor playing Donald and a Lebanese actress playing Melania.