Iran slams US, Saudi Arabia in tweets following Trump's Riyadh speech
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 21:52
On Sunday night in Riyadh after a long day of events, many of them delayed, he skipped a "tweeps" forum for young people that was to be his last activity of the day, sending daughter Ivanka in his place.
Mr Trump, who had previously suggested that it would be easier than anticipated to solve the conflict that has vexed his predecessors for decades, said that conditions were right in both Israel and the Arab world to strike what he has called "the ultimate deal". For Trump, the trip is a reprieve from the crush of controversies that have marred his young presidency and an attempt to reset his relationship with a region and a religion he fiercely criticised a candidate. And Trump's prepared address notably refrains from mentioning democracy and human rights - topics Arab leaders often view as USA moralizing - in favor of the more limited goals of peace and stability.
Mr Trump's address was the centrepiece of his visit to Riyadh, which started on Saturday with the announcement of billions of dollars in trade deals with Saudi Arabia and continued Sunday with the speech and meetings with Arab leaders.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump had the "right message" on working with Muslim nations to fight terrorism, but decried what he saw as an attempt to "de-emphasize" human rights and the promotion of democracy overseas.
US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting with Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on Sunday. He once mused that he thought "Islam hates us".
In both cases, the US sides with Saudi Arabia.
"I am gone from Twitter for like a few hours, and now Trump is a holding a Palantír!"
Speaking alongside Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump was referencing revelations that he divulged classified information about an Islamic State threat during a recent meeting in Washington with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador. The White House-driven effort is a sharp shift from the practice of USA previous administrations that typically gave secretaries of state those reins.
"Whether in the United States or in Saudi Arabia, women play a critical role in a movement that unites us all", she said.
And Mr Trump made one symbolic gesture on Monday in bridging the gap between Israel and the Arab world.
White House officials have said they consider Trump's visit, and his keynote address, a counterweight to President Barack Obama's debut speech to the Muslim world in 2009 in Cairo.
"I'm much more forceful and open and vocal about criticizing, whether it's Egypt or Saudi Arabia for its human rights record", Rubio said.
Obama called for understanding and acknowledged some of America's missteps in the region.
On his first day in Riyadh, Trump was warmly welcomed and feted by the 81-year-old Saudi king, Salman bin Abdulaziz. 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.
Trump is scheduled to leave Saudi Arabia, home to Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, early Monday to head to Israel.