President Trump calls for unity against terrorism

Posted June 02, 2017

Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum blasted President Donald Trump and his administration on Sunday for choosing Saudi Arabia as the destination for Trump's first worldwide trip as president.

Melania on Sunday visited the American International School in Riyadh and an all-women General Electric service center without a headscarf.

When he was a candidate for president, Donald Trump's statements about Muslims frequently veered from the nonsensical to the offensive, venturing from time to time into the realm of the incoherent. "More money to the U.S. Case closed", Kilany said. "They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in an editorial yesterday that U.S. President Donald Trump should speak with Saudi leaders about how to avoid another September 11 attack. President Trump also sought to make it clear that the U.S.is not at war with Islam.

"There is still much work to be done. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds". Mashael, a saleswoman at a Riyadh lingerie shop, said she believed women might ultimately be permitted to drive.

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The closest Trump came to acknowledging the human rights situation was a call for the region's leaders to stand together against "the oppression of women".

The tour will include Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium and President Trump will be attending both the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 summits. Afterward, Trump will meet with European allies at Group of Seven and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gatherings.

Trump lowered his head, appearing to bow to King Salman - when receiving Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor. "They worship death. This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations".

Saudi Arabia accuses its Shiite rival Iran of trying to turn the Houthis into a militant group similar to Lebanon's Hezbollah. In his most forceful argument on Sunday, Trump exhorted Muslim-majority countries to do more to eradicate terrorist groups that claim the mantle of Islam, urging Muslims to "drive out" terrorists.

Trump talked about "principled realism", seemingly referencing the strong interventionist policy of the previous Republican administration, which he criticized during his campaign. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again-and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.

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He said his administration would instead be offering partnership based on shared interests and values.

"We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking".

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought the ayatollahs to power, Iran has been the world's central banker for terrorists, financing, arming and training them. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.

However, he warned that "the nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them".

Khlood Mohammed, 25, a Saudi student, said she was pleasantly surprised, particularly by Trump's acknowledgment of Saudi efforts to fight terrorism.

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He described the fight against terrorism as a "battle between good and evil" and stressed that while the USA will continue to support its allies in the fight against terrorism, its policy will be rooted in "principled realism", not "inflexible ideology".