Uzbek president takes part in Arab Islamic American Summit
- Author: Megan Austin Jun 05, 2017,
Jun 05, 2017, 7:58
Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal (that could grow as big as $350 billion over ten years), and tossed in the garbage all his campaign-trail rhetoric about Islam and terrorism for his big speech to Muslim leaders.
Trump embraced a subtle but significant phrase "Islamist extremism" in his speech. However, during Sunday's speech, he criticized "Islamic extremism", "Islamists", and "Islamic terror", but stayed away from using his signature term.
It was especially sensitive given tensions sparked by the Trump administration's attempted travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations and his previous remarks on Islam.
"Unfortunately, some regional countries rely on major powers instead of relying on their human resources and capacities of regional cooperation", Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.
Indeed, Mr Trump and Mr Salman were in agreement on the threat Iran poses to the region when they addressed their fellow leaders: Mr Trump accused Iran of "destruction and chaos" and the king said its rival "has been the spearhead of global terrorism". "They don't worship God".
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The leading story at the pan-Arab al-Sharq al-Awsat newspapercelebrated "Arab-American partnership to besiege Iran and extremism" and posted a cartoon showing Trump putting a wreath on a grave engraved with the words, "Obama's Policies".
In December 2015, Trump told a campaign rally he was calling for a "total shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on". He called on those leaders to do more to drive out terrorist groups. At the same time, the U.S. Treasury Department on Sunday announced the creation of a Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), chaired by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. "To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina". The Obama administration had a hard relationship with Sisi, who came to power after leading a military coup in 2013 during which hundreds of demonstrators were killed, and has since jailed thousands of opponents. Trump even complimented Sisi on his footwear, saying: "Love your shoes".
PM Sharif arrived in Riyadh to attend the summit on the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz. It is the regime that is responsible for so much instability in that region. Bahrain is home to the USA fleet in the Middle East.
Officials spent the days before Mr Trump's departure dealing with a steady stream of revelations about the federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and the fallout from his firing of FBI director James Comey.