In May, President Donald Trump set out to embark on his first foreign trip, which was composed of visiting five countries in nine days.
The trip was filled with diverse cultures and each stop identified a different set of standards, which was made clear from the moment Trump stepped off the plane.
After handling a few glitches like the lack of a staircase to descend the plane and then the staircase not aligning with the door, the president was greeted by a lengthy red carpet lined with members of the military.
Planes flew overhead as they left a trail of red, white, and blue exhaust behind them. Children also presented the president and first lady with bouquets of flowers.
The Trumps were also greeted by a lengthy red carpet when they descended into Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, although it did not have the gold design like the Saudi one had.
After making their way down the carpet, a large band played the American and Israeli national anthems.
After arriving in Italy, the Trumps were greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister Angelino Alfano. What is this? No red carpet?
Just kidding. The president was driven to the Palazzo del Quirinale — one of the Italian president’s residences — where it was laid out in its full glory and lined with Italian soldiers.
The president and the Italian president’s military advisor Roberto Corsini then ventured down an elegant hallway and passed soldiers in full military regalia.
At a room at the end of the hallway, he met Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Vatican City doesn’t have an airport and is only about a 20-minute drive from Rome, so the Trumps arrived in a black SUV. As they pulled in, they were greeted by the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Pope Francis’s private army.
A red carpet lined the path from the car to the door of the Vatican. There were no trumpets or national anthems and was one of the most understated arrivals during his tour.
Yup, you guessed it, a red carpet was awaiting Trump’s arrival when he reached his fifth country. However, unlike Saudi Arabia and Israel, this carpet stopped after the line of dignitaries.
The president, along with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, walked directly on the tarmac as they made their way to the car. A band and Belgium soldiers lined the way.
Slightly before reaching the car, the pair made a sharp left and stood on a podium as the American national anthem played, followed by the Belgian national anthem.
While no two red carpets were the same and the level of grandeur varied, the president and first lady were greeted in a style unique to each country’s culture.