Saudi Cartoonists Show Trump Morphing From Enemy To Partner

The secretary of commerce expressed surprise - and approval - at the lack of visible protests during President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, despite the ruling monarchy's repression of demonstrations.

Instead, he used the term "Islamist extremism", which refers to Islamism as political movement rather than Islam as a religion, a distinction that he had frequently criticised the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama for making.

"The US president's meddling, repetitive and baseless claims against Iran are aimed at Iranophobia and are in line with the US hostile policies against the Islamic republic (Iran), seeking to persuade the regional countries to buy more arms from the US", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said. But the nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.

"You don't mention them once in your entire speech?" But I have felt for years that if the Sunni countries could feel more secure, could build themselves back up - We've seen this enormous rise of Iran, self-confidence, outward expansion.

Tillerson at a news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, urged Iran's re-elected President to dismantle the alleged "network of terrorism" and to end ballistic missile tests.

"We have also to make sure that those hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia will not, by any means, erode Israel's qualitative edge, because Saudi Arabia is still a hostile country without any diplomatic relations and nobody knows what the future will be", Steinitz said.

"Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship".

The Arab Islamic American Summit has today been held in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

"I think that would be a bad abdication of our global leadership when it comes to advocating for people who are the subject of persecution, or imprisoned, or journalists that are thrown in jail, or people not allowed to practice their faith", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CNN.

He denounced Iranian aggression in the region in an address to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, and said the "longest-suffering victims" are the Iranian people.

The militant group Hamas is Israel's enemy.

President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman pose for photos after a ceremony to mark the opening of the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh.

In the 1980s, Israel expressed its concern at a USA sale to Saudi Arabia of then-advanced F-15 fighter jets that were stationed at a Red Sea airfield.

Trump's "America first" philosophy helped him win the 2016 election and has rattled allies who depend on USA support for their defence.

  • Carolyn Briggs