Trump's 1st Saudi visit aims to defeat Islamic State
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 14:38
The White House had planned to avoid Trump's highly charged campaign rhetoric of ending "radical Islamic terror" in his first foreign policy speech overseas. There was none of the anti-Islamic rhetoric that Mr Trump has readily espoused before last November's presidential election.
"The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror, so too have nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all been victims", Mr Trump said. Instead, Trump said leaders must confront the crisis of "Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds".
Standing beside Netanyahu at a morning airport arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv, Trump said his trip, which began over the weekend in Saudi Arabia, has given him "new reasons for hope" and offers "a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace". He boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years." in March during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump did not specify what tension he needed to resolve.
"I think the other thing that was fascinating to me - there was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there, not one guy with a bad placard", Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC in an interview Monday.
Amnesty International said the "glaring absence of human rights from Trump's agenda" in talks with Gulf Arab rulers will only embolden further violations against critics, peaceful dissidents and human rights defenders. Those who spoke to reporters said they weren't put off by drama surrounding the Trump White House.
As a candidate, Trump proposed temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States. A second order, which dropped Iraq from the list, is tied up in federal court and the federal government is appealing.
"The Iranian nation has chose to be powerful".
"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilisations", he said.
Under President Barack Obama, Washington had backed Saudi Arabia in its Yemen war with logistical support, including refueling of coalition aircraft by the USA military, and intelligence sharing.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2017Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East were great.
Trump arrived in Riyadh besieged by the fallout from his controversial decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and more revelations about the federal investigations into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.
Trump continues his first worldwide trip on Monday in Israel.