Watch Trump’s sword dance in Saudi Arabia [video]

Sun May 21, 2017 10:34:35

President Donald Trump joined dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh.

(slate) -- President Trump and a few members of his Cabinet go into what has become a sort of tradition for foreign trips: the awkward dancing.

Trump and some members of his staff were caught on tape bopping along during a traditional “Ardha” sword dance. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also danced with swords firmly on their shoulders. One person who didn’t appear to join in on the fun? White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

 All the dancing was part of a hugely elaborate royal reception for Trump, who sealed a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. "That was a tremendous day, tremendous investments in the United States," Trump said during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.


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