Toby Keith to hold rare Saudi gig during Trump visit

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Christiane Amanpour, chief global correspondent for CNN, looks ahead to Trump first foreign trip on Friday.

Country music star Toby Keith is saddling up for a concert in Saudi Arabia the same weekend President Trump visits the nation. Keith's performance is part of a huge schedule of events the kingdom has arranged to try to impress Trump during his visit.

The show, which is open only to men above 21 years old, will also feature Arabian lute player Rabeh Saqer, according to Saudi entertainment website Lammt. - Reuters picKnown for patriotic songs and holding numerous concerts for United States troops overseas, Keith will share the stage with Saudi singer Rabeh Sager, according to an advertisement circulated online.

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Representatives for Keith and the Saudi government did not respond to requests for comment.

Some on Twitter were a bit perplexed by the selection of an musician known for songs like "I Love This Bar", "Drunk Americans" and "I Like Girls That Drink Beer".

Saudi Arabia has been enthusiastic about Trump's arrival at the White House after seeing his predecessor Barack Obama as too soft on its arch-foe Iran and cool towards Washington's bilateral relationship with Riyadh that is a mainstay of the Middle East's security balance. In 2002, Keith refused to soften the lyrics of the first song for an appearance on a Fourth of July special for ABC and subsequently canceled his appearance.

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