Donald Trump to visit Israel amid hopes of relaunching peace talks
- Author: Leroy Wright May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 18:17
Following a tumultuous ten-days for the president where he faced calls for impeachment from some democrats for sharing classified information with Russian Federation and a deepening crisis over his relationship with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, Mr Trump's team has been keen to cast Mr Trump as a credible global leader as he prepares to make a series of visits to potentially politically charged regions such as Israel, the Vatican and Brussels.
According to the memorandum, the centre is dedicated to cut funding for terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda, the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Afghan Taliban and its Haqqani network, among other groups.
"I have also heard about the splendour of your kingdom, but words can not do justice to the hospitality you showed to us from the moment we arrived", said Trump.
David Friedman, the new United States ambassador to Israel, told the newspaper Israel Hayom that Mr Trump's goal at the start is simply "to begin a discussion that would hopefully lead to peace".
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan had a deep commitment to the Muslim world's unity and to promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue during his interaction with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, US President Donald Trump, and other leaders from the Arab and Islamic countries, who had gathered here for the first Arab-Islamic-American Summit.
Reinforcing his theme of USA economic deals, Trump told Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani they would discuss "lots of lovely military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States".
This trip is the president's first official trip overseas during his administration.
Terrorism has spread all across the world, but the path to peace begins right here on this sacred soil in this ancient land.
In an early draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press, Trump makes no references to "radical Islamic terrorism", a term that has been a hallmark of his rhetoric at domestic events. Trump's "America first" philosophy helped him win the 2016 election and has rattled allies who depend on U.S. support for their defense.
Trump is now in Saudi Arabia for an Arab-Islamic-American summit with leaders from over 50 Muslim countries.
But Trump's administration is continuing to defend the executive order signed to bar visitors from six Muslim-majority countries.
Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who played a key part in writing the president's travel ban, which is now tied up in the courts, played a key role in writing this speech.
The Saudis' warm embrace was welcome change for the besieged White House.
After the stop in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Trump is scheduled to visit Israel, the West Bank, the Vatican and Belgium.
Trump lowered his head, appearing to bow to King Salman - when receiving Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements.