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21 May, 2017 02:40

When in Riyadh: Trump & Tillerson awkwardly join in Saudi sword dance (VIDEOS)

US President Donald Trump and his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, attempted to get their groove on with Saudi saber bearers during a traditional welcoming sword dance, seemingly celebrating the multibillion arms deal signed earlier.

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Footage from the welcome ceremony shows Trump and Tillerson dancing awkwardly in the large crowd that also included Reince Priebus, Stephen Bannon and First Lady Melania Trump.

The “Ardha” performance was hosted by King Salman on Saturday to mark President Trump’s first overseas visit to Riyadh.

On Saturday, the two leaders signed a series of agreements aimed at boosting their countries’ military and economic partnerships, including an arms deal worth a cool $350 billion over 10 years, with a payment of almost $100 billion to be made immediately.

READ MORE: Trump strikes arms deal with Saudis worth $350bn, $110bn to take effect immediately

Trump is the first US president to make a Muslim-majority country his first overseas visit as president. The nine-day trip will also include Israel, the Palestinian territories, Brussels, the Vatican and Sicily.

This isn’t the first time the president got hold of a saber this week. Following Trump’s speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates on Wednesday, after which the commander-in-chief was presented with a ceremonial saber, a hot mic caught the DHS Chief John Kelly telling the president he should use the sword “on the press.”

READ MORE: ‘Use it on the press’: DHS chief’s saber-rattling suggestion to Trump caught on hot mic (VIDEO)