The president’s first-ever foreign trip will see him meet with the heads of five nations, as he seeks to reassure the international community that his administration is doing the right thing by their countries after a string of deadly terrorist attacks.
The president will meet with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, in Riyadh, and with the leader of Japan’s government, Shinzo Abe, and other Japanese leaders.
He will also have dinner with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman.
Trump will hold a bilateral meeting with the head of Japan, and his first face-to-face meeting with Abe.
In a brief interview on Friday, Trump called Abe “a very special individual” and said he appreciated his “commitment to stability, to peace, to prosperity.”
He said he has “great respect for his friendship with Japan.”
Abe, in turn, thanked Trump for his support for the country during the attack on Tokyo, saying, “I hope he can help Japan overcome the security challenges that we face.”
The president’s remarks come as tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to escalate and as North Korea launches a missile over Japan’s southern coast.
The U.S. has stepped up its military pressure on North Korea in an attempt to rein in the rogue nation, which is threatening to test nuclear weapons and launch missiles at the U.K. and U.C.L.A.
While Abe and Trump have had rocky relations, the two have also been at odds on many other issues.
In his first foreign trip as president, Trump said he would push for a nuclear weapons freeze and called for a reduction in U.N. funding to the U,U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.
Trump and Abe have been at loggerheads over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which has continued to threaten the world despite the two sides having made major concessions in recent months.
Trump told The Associated Press that he “absolutely” wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, but added, “It’s not an easy thing.”
Trump has also expressed concern about North Korea becoming a nuclear power and has said he does not want to see the U.-S.
alliance with South Korea and Japan weakened by a collapse of North Korea.
The two leaders have had their disagreements on trade and other issues, but Trump has also spoken out on the issue in recent weeks.
In recent weeks, Trump has urged China to take more control of North Korean shipments of coal to feed its economy and accused Beijing of blocking North Korea from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
The White House has said it will not comment on the president’s trip.
Trump’s first foreign visit is the first by a president since Trump took office in January.