Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates Donate To Ivanka Trump-Backed Fund
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 0:38
This, of course, happening just after a big election with a massive turnout returned Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to power, an advocate of working with the outside world including the US and Saudi Arabia.
Trump implicitly rejected the aspirational goals and call for democracy and human rights of former president Barack Obama, who also delivered a major speech to the Islamic world early in his presidency.
"Drive. Them. Out. Drive them out of your places of worship", Trump declared.
"However, the president should have demanded that Muslim leaders and religious leaders should likewise condemn and delegitimize these terrorist groups by name".
Speaking in the Saudi capital Riyadh, he said the fight against extremism was not "a battle between different faiths" but "a battle between good and evil".
"I have also heard about the splendour of your kingdom, but words can not do justice to the hospitality you showed to us from the moment we arrived", said Trump.
Middle Eastern countries "cannot wait for American power", Trump said, but must instead "decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children".
Ahead of Trump's visit to Israel, Iran accused the United States of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East and of spreading "Iranophobia". "Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders' reckless pursuit of conflict and terror", he said.
He said America was seeking a "coalition of nations" in the Middle East with the aim of "stamping out extremism". Drive them out of your Holy Land.
Trump called for unity in confronting Iran over its funding of terrorists and promotion of a "craven ideology".
"It wasn't the Iraqis, it was Saudi - take at look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents", he said.