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The comment came as Trump begins a five-stop marathon trip across the Middle East and Europe on Friday.
Saudi Arabia is the first stop on the president's overseas tour. The country is making several efforts, including scheduling a range of events, to impress Trump on his trip and to further cement its spot as a major player on the world stage. The effort marks a stark change from the strained U.S.-Saudi relationship under the Obama administration.
The deputy crown prince "orchestrated, arranged and agreed to all of this," Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box. "
"A majority of Arab states are going to be there, as well as at least 50 Islamic states," he said. "They're going to make a huge declaration. President Donald Trump is going to make a speech ... and they're going to open a big
Salman, 31 years old, has taken a central role in Saudi Arabia's efforts to build its economy beyond the oil industry. He holds primary responsibility for the kingdom's military and energy sector.
In March, Salman met Trump in the White
Also in contrast to the Obama White House, the Trump administration appears to be moving toward a more traditional U.S. approach of
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.