Trump touches orb in Saudi, lights up internet
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 16:56
The president's first speech overseas provided an opportunity to show his strength and resolve, in contrast to his struggle to contain a mushrooming scandal at home after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey almost two weeks ago.
Trump in the days after the Pulse nightclub massacre reiterated his call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
"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.
Trump's "unfounded claims" are in line with spreading Iranophobia to motivate the regional countries buy more USA arms, the spokesman noted. Trump's visit was more than mere words, as he also signed a joint arms agreement between the US and Saudi Arabia worth nearly $110 billion. "But I think it's important that, whatever we call it, we recognise that [extremists] are not religious people". There is a tremendous hatred there. It's a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe, with his next stop coming Monday in Israel.
The US President in his speech to Arab heads of state in Riyadh, continuously attacked Iran for funding arms and training militias in order to spread destruction and chaos in the region. He was extremely critical of Hillary Clinton's charity accepting million of dollars of donations from the country - and others with dubious human rights records - before she ran for President.
He said, "We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship", Trump said. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters on Air Force One, said the U.S. could provide clarifications to Israel about what happened but said, "I don't know that there's anything to apologize for". Saudi Arabia and Qatar gave the extremists direct and indirect financial aid, and Turkey kept its border open so that weapons, money and recruits could reach them in Syria.
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump praised the "empowerment of women" at a General Electric all-female service center in the Saudi capital on Sunday, saying the women should work together and educate their children well.
Much of the summit's focus is on countering the perceived threat posed by the Shiite-led Iranian government.