Trump slip up in Saudi Arabia speech blamed on exhaustion

With controversy continuing to swirl around his young administration at home, President Donald Trump is making his first major foray into global relations as commander in chief with a multi-country trip to the Middle East and Europe.

Troubles back at home seem nonexistent overseas for President Donald Trump.

On Sunday, Israel authorised some economic concessions to the Palestinians that a Cabinet statement said "will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority after (Trump) who arrives tomorrow, asked to see some confidence building steps".

Following Donald Trump's first foreign trip over the weekend, which began in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf state along with the United Arab Emirates are poised to donate $100m to the World Bank fund.

Also Monday, the foreign ministers of France and Germany said their countries want to work with Iran following Rouhani's re-election but are pressing Tehran to keep to the nuclear deal and to help de-escalate Mideast conflicts.

"Terrorism has spread all across the world", Trump said.

Trump called Israel a "strong, resilient, determined and prosperous nation" and alluded to the Holocaust, saying the United States "will not allow the horror and atrocities of the last century to be repeated".

The resulting image is a flawless example of the weird, troll-friendly White House that we're now enduring.

While hosting Abbas at the White House in March, Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".

For Mr Trump, the trip is a reprieve from the 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.

"Understanding each other's cultures, understanding each other's beliefs, and I think talking more openly about those, I think there's a great deal that's misunderstood about the Muslim world, by Americans and the Western world", he said.

Barring occasional criticism, U.S. Presidents have largely overlooked allegations of rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and deepened ties in the energy and defence areas.

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.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner landed in a second plane and sat with the American diplomatic delegation during the welcome ceremony. "The citizens of Israel will receive you with open arms", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

  • Zachary Reyes