UAE and Saudi Arabia to donate $100m to Ivanka Trump fund
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 0:17
"And if you both are willing, we're going to make a deal".
White House aides have tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting it as more symbolic than substantive. Never mentioned during that conversation, ' Trump said at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem when asked by journalists about the reports.
According to USA Today, Donald Trump said: "Saudi Arabia and numerous countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays".
The US president flew to Tel Aviv directly from Saudi Arabia, where he delivered an inflammatory speech created to consolidate a military alliance of Sunni oil monarchies and dictatorships against Iran.
Trump has handed son-in-law Jared Kushner and longtime business lawyer Jason Greenblatt the assignment of charting the course toward a peace process.
It was the second time in a week that the 35-year-old had stepped in to replace the President, after leading a White House meeting on human trafficking with members of Congress while her father was giving a commencement address for the US Coast Guard Academy.
Feierstein also said the Saudis viewed Trump's strong statement on Iran and commitment on expanded arms sales, as reassurance that the United States has returned to being a strong partner for Saudi Arabia in addressing what it considers to be its primary regional threat from Iran.
With controversy surrounding alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation looming in the U.S., President Trump arriving in Saudi Arabia where he received a lavish royal welcome. But Trump's unconventional approach to diplomacy has raised hopes that he may be well positioned to jumpstart talks bogged down by entrenched interests and ancient enmity. The area is home to sensitive religious sites, including the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray.
Israel considers the entire city to be its capita while the worldwide community says the future of east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians, must be resolved through negotiations. "It strengthens the bond between us and it does chart this new pathway forward", said Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State.
Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what ideas Trump might present for peace or what concessions he may demand. And while Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power.
Meanwhile, Palestinian activists are calling for a "Day of Rage" when Trump visits the West Bank on Tuesday.
According to the US president, the war against that scourge is a battle between good and evil, rather than a clash of civilizations.
Yet some Israeli officials are less certain of Trump.
Without the participation of Syria and Iran, the only two Islamic countries that were not invited, Trump told its interlocutors that Washington is seeking a coalition of nations to remove extremism in the Middle East, and urged the Muslim countries to guarantee that the terrorists do not find a sanctuary on their soils'.
But he deviated from prepared remarks in Riyadh, the birthplace of Islam, as he called on dozens of leaders from majority-Muslim nations to help stamp out terror.