Donald Trump Wants to Unite 'Muslim World' With Speech on Radical Islam

"A country like Saudi Arabia wouldn't exist for a week".

Trump will make Saudi Arabia his initial stop this Saturday on his first official trip overseas, before visiting Israel and the Vatican. Taken together with Trump's visit to Riyadh, these arms sales send the worst possible message and deepen USA complicity in the Saudi-led war at a time when the us needs to be extricating itself from it. Prior to the Muslim-US summit, there will be another meeting between the White House tenant and the Wahhabi monarch, besides another meeting that the visitor will hold with the heads State and Governments o six Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, grouped in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Shortly thereafter, secretary of state Rex Tillerson said: "Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining USA interests..."

Trump leaves for his first foreign trip as president on Friday.

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Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 was overshadowed by Gulf Arab exasperation with his approach to the region, and doubts about Washington's commitment to regional security. He will not be meeting with delegates from Iran or Syria. This is partly statistical, as a significant proportion of the firms competing for work are US-based, but it may also reflect warming relations between Riyadh and Washington.

In Saudi Arabia, after a day of talks with King Salman and his crown prince, Trump will attend a gathering of dozens of leaders from across the Muslim world.

By contrast, "we don't get criticized about the war in Yemen" by the Trump administration, the senior Saudi official said.

The Trump White House's decision is also seen as a rebuke of the Obama administration's efforts to warm up to Iran and strike a nuclear pact that Mr. Trump has repeatedly said he will dismantle, and which Riyadh also opposed as ineffectual. A number of recently published books on the history, culture and internal workings of Saudi Arabia cast doubt on the ability of the kingdom to undergo the kind of change required to tackle extremism when its chief aim is to preserve and enhance the power of the royal family.

The speech, said National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, will be "inspiring yet direct" about the need to confront radical ideology. The prospective defen ce deals are the "fair price" the kingdom is willing to pay for the USA backing against Iran.

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