With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump to visit Israel
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 14:16
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will donate a combined $100 million to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs that was the brainchild of Ivanka Trump.
In a pointed departure from his predecessor, the U.S. president all but promised he would not publicly admonish middle eastern rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns. But in their own ways, former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush each vouched for American values in their dealings with those nations, including the kingdom. "We wanted to tell the world that on the basis of mutual respect and shared interests, we are to ready to have interaction", he said.
President Trump used his weekend visit to Saudi Arabia to lash out at Iran, and as CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, the Iranian government is not happy about being singled out. "I appreciate the efforts of King Salman, President Trump and his administration to support American manufacturers as we seek to grow at home and around the world", he added. He once mused that he thought "Islam hates us". In the final weeks of the previous administration, the USA also halted some arms sales to the kingdom over its killing of civilians in Yemen's civil war.
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.
The Saudis' warm embrace was a welcome change for the besieged White House.
In his speech in Riyadh, Mr Trump told the Muslim leaders in attendance they must confront terrorism, warning jihadists about the impact suicide bombings will have on their immortal souls.
He praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, telling him: "You have done a tremendous job under trying circumstances". "Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes", he said.
Aaron David Miller, a Middle East peace adviser to Democratic and Republican secretaries of state, said that despite Greenblatt's positive reviews in the region, there are limits over how much influence he, or any American officials, can have over the process. He declared Islam "one of the world's great faiths".
President Trump yesterday painted a stark new portrait of US goals in the Middle East in a speech that exhorted Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries to vanquish extremists and signaled the U.S.is abandoning long-standing ambitions to spread freedom and transform the region, analysts said.
Soon after Trump embarked on his trip on Friday, he was hit with more accusations that, with Comey's firing on May 9, he was trying to squelch a federal investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation previous year. But Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new $110 billion arms deal he announced during his previous stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials.