President Trump begins first foreign trip in Saudi Arabia

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports on the president's first foreign trip from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
3:00 | 05/21/17

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Back now are more on the president's trip to Saudi Arabia. Jon Karl is there. We're awaiting the president's speech. Described as major speech to the Muslim world, a message of hope and tolerance. Appears to be a dramatic break from the campaign rhetoric. Reporter: A strikingly different tone, George. From what we heard from the president during the campaign. He is talking about the war on terror. Not portraying it as a clash of civilization or a war of the west against Islam. Instead, as a fight between good and evil where moderate muslims around the world are our allies. One line that stood UT to me. This is not a battle between different faiths, sects, or civilizations. So far, no mention of the radical islamic terrorist, which the president said was necessary to talk about during the campaign. The white house placing great stock in what the king of Saudi Arabia is going to say. Hymn Ta him taking on extremists. Reporter: Saying it the the responsibility of Muslim leaders to take on the terrorists in their midst. This has been a strikingly warm welcome for the president. The king greeted him at the airpo airport. That's a courtesy not afforded to president Obama. The president was xwichb a ceremonial sword and took part in a traditional Saudi peace dance. Seemed to thoroughly relish in the moment. So I had do some of his aides, taking part all smiles. There was a moment here with the president of Egypt where the president of Egypt said that Donald Trump has a unique personality and is capable of accomplishing the impossible. As soon as the translate was done translating it, the president laughened and said, I agree. What you see here is really a welcome relief from the tension back home. But it's more than that. He is going to be surrounded by the leaders of more than 50 islamic nations around the world. For somebody who as a candidate said Islam hates us this trip is also quite an accomplishment. The president does seem to be getting the break they needed and expected and wanted coming out of this. It's just the beginning of this trip. Going to Israel. The Vatican. Meeting with g-8 leaders, too. Quite a long trip. Reporter: From here, to Israel, to the Vatican. Brussels is where nato meets. The other meeting in sicily. The president's staff didn't bring up how long it was until shortly before departure. Hen he saw how long it was, he asked if it could be made shorter. Maybe this first welcome will make him want that long trip. We'll be right back with the

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