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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a news conference in Saudi Arabia Saturday (May 20) said he had no knowledge about a "person of interest" in the Trump administration, following a Washington Post story that said a current White House official close to President Donald Trump was a significant "person of interest" in the investigation into possible ties with Russia.
The fallout followed Trump to Riyadh but did nothing to cool the welcome he received by the royal Saudi family.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz greeted Trump on a red carpet as he stepped off Air Force One, shaking the hand of his wife, Melania, and riding in the US presidential limousine.
Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, the Vatican and Belgium has been billed by the White House as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions, while giving Trump time to meet with Arab, Israeli and European leaders.