Saudis, UAE pledge $100 million to Ivanka Trump-proposed fund
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 17:37
"Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?", Zarif wrote in a Twitter post, referring to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
President Donald Trump was lavished with extravagant royal pomp here Saturday during his first stop overseas as President, an elaborate start to a trip meant to bolster worldwide partnerships but which aides now hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home.
"Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship".
President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia this week has already begun to soften his attitudes about Islam, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday after a two-day summit in which Trump was treated to extraordinary Arab hospitality.
Trump appealed to Muslim nations to ensure that "terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil", and announced an agreement with Gulf states to combat financing for extremists.
On Saturday, however, none of the women in Trump's delegation covered their hair, and there appeared to be little consternation from the many Saudi men who greeted them at the airport. Trump's "America first" philosophy helped him win the 2016 election and has rattled allies who depend on United States support for their defense. Deals which will help Saudi Arabia develop local production.
Speaking in Saudi Arabia as her father met with Arab and Muslim leaders, Ivanka said progress in the nation was "encouraging" but said there was "still a lot of work to be done".
Introducing Trump, Saudi King Salman described their mutual foe Iran as the source of terrorism they must confront together.
"I think there's a great deal that's misunderstood about the Muslim world", he said.
And because of other tensions in the region (with Iran) and tensions with previous US President Barack Obama, Trump is being given a pass on his past remarks and is being feted by the Saudi monarchy. They represent primarily Sunni states friendly to Saudi Arabia.
In some ways, Trump delivered a conventional speech for an American politician.
Trump, wearing a yarmulke, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.
Trump has fueled the Russian Federation controversy by firing the man who was originally leading the Russian Federation probe, FBI Director James Comey, in an apparent bid to stop the investigation.
According to White House aides, there were as many as five different drafts of Trump's speech prepared by different teams of speechwriters, and that the president worked to reconcile those different ideas into his own address.
It was not clear if the $110 billion defense deal was included in that sum, or is separate, as Zarif's calculation suggests.
Trump promised to schedule a trip to Egypt soon, and he singled out the Egyptian's choice of footwear, a pair of shiny black shoes.