Trump denies outing Israel in secrets gaffe with Russians

Bradley Schreiber, president of Homeland Security Solutions and a former senior adviser for the Department of Homeland Security, said Trump plainly states the American posture in the fight against Islamic terrorism.

In his remarks, Mr Trump signalled his intention to end engagement with Iran, suggesting that it does not encourage change from inside the country.

In an open reference to Saudi Arabia which is famous as the hotbed of terrorism, the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday advised the new Trump administration against selling "dangerous weapons to main supporters of terrorism".

Saudi King Salman on Monday described US President Donald Trump's visit to the Muslim kingdom in the Gulf as a "turning point" in relations between the two countries.

Urging Muslim leaders to do more to fight extremism, the US President said, "The nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. It strengthens the bond between us and it does chart this new pathway forward", said Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State.

A White House official said the deal will work to increase Saudi Arabia's defense capabilities, bolstering equipment and services in the face of extremist terrorist groups and Iran. "We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship", he said.

The president had repeatedly used the phrase "Islamic terrorism" during the 2016 presidential race, but was attempting to offer a more moderate tone during his speech in Riyadh.

"It was a phenomenal trip, phenomenally successful...history was made, it was the first visit by a president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as his first trip overseas", the foreign minister said. "They worship death", adding that the United States is prepared to stand with those leaders he was addressing in the fight against extremists, but that those countries must take the lead.

The US sought a coalition of nations in the Middle East with the aim of "stamping out extremism".

The moment was abrupt interruption of an otherwise warm and smooth welcome for Trump to the Holy Land.

"Essentially what Trump did was to put together a posse, a coalition of Sunni Arabs", said Krauthammer. He also noted that while other countries bore the brunt and violence of radical groups, "the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations".

Rouhani also defended Iran's ballistic missile program, which has been highly opposed by the Trump administration.

  • Zachary Reyes