Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

Trump's Saudi Arabia visit was 'bizarre, unseemly, unethical and un-American': WaPo columnist


U.S. President Donald Trump sits down to a meeting with of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders, including Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R), during their summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017.

"Terrorism has spread all across the world".

Just two days into President Donald Trump debut foreign trip, a member of his inner-circle has already reaped benefits to the tune of $100 million.

In his Saudi speech, Mr Trump condemned "Islamic extremism", "Islamists" and "Islamic terror", but not once uttered the precise phrase he pressed Mr Obama on. Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship!

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri on Sunday refuted the comments by USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson for urging a policy shift in Tehran's conduct during President Hassan Rouhani's second term.

Ivanka introduced World Bank President Jim Young Kim, who announced that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will donate a combined total of $100 million to a women's empowerment fund that was inspired by Ivanka Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ABC News reported.

Trump is the first USA president to choose a Muslim-majority nation for his first stop overseas, and his aides have said the decision was meant to rebut notions that Trump is anti-Muslim.

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To be sure, Trump's predecessors have also forged close ties with Saudi Arabia, an important USA partner in the Middle East, and other nations with questionable human rights records.

Trump gave Netanyahu the same warning he gave Saudi King Salman, that Iran can not be allowed nuclear capabilities and its aggression must not go unchecked.

Trump made nearly no mention of Israel, his next stop on the tour Monday, leaving it off a list of countries fighting terror. He declared Islam "one of the world's great faiths".

The Saudis used Trump's visit to unveil a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, this 16 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. "Whether in the U.S. or in Saudi Arabia, women play a critical role in a movement that unites us all", she said. They represent primarily Sunni states friendly to Saudi Arabia. "Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs", Trump said.

The Saudis' warm embrace was a welcome change for the besieged White House. He's been besieged by a series of revelations about the ongoing federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

Saturday's capstone was the signing of a $110 billion arms deal between the two countries, an agreement brokered primarily by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump promised to schedule a trip to Egypt soon, and he singled out the Egyptian's choice of footwear, a pair of shiny black shoes.

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