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Saudi King Salman presents President Donald Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump received Saudi's highest civilian honor during his first trip abroad as POTUS


President Donald Trump Saturday received the nation’s highest civilian honor from Saudi King Salman.

The king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud around Trump’s neck at a ceremony at the Royal Court in Riyadh.

The host of the event declared that Trump was being honored for "his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world." The honor has also been bestowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

It’s his first stop on a busy, nine-day trip.

U.S. President Donald Trump, top right, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, center, shakes hands with Saudi King Salman during a welcome ceremony at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Melania Trump drew some attention on social media for not wearing a head scarf upon arrival... something her husband criticized Michelle Obama for in 2015.

Trump in 2015 tweeted that people "were insulted" by Michelle, but now...

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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