Why President Trump touched a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia

Owen Stevens
May 23, 2017

In an unexpected turn, he criticised the "reckless pursuit of conflict and terror" by Iran's government, which victimised its own people and supported Bashar al-Assad in carrying out "unspeakable crimes" in Syria.

President Trump has landed in Israel for the second leg of his nine-day trip overseas, which started in Saudi Arabia and will end in Italy.

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump and the Saudi monarch announced $400 billion in deals, including a massive $110 billion agreement for the Saudis to purchase military equipment from the U.S. defence industry.

Elsewhere in his comments, Qassemi recommended the regional countries to care about their people's welfare and respect their right to decide their fate instead of spending billions of dollars on attracting U.S. support.

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The king has lavished praise and all the trappings of a royal welcome on the new American president, welcoming in particular Trump's pledge to be tougher on Iran than Obama was. Trump's visit, and especially the speech he gave, should put an end to any hope of a rapprochement between the USA and Iran. He had also vowed to ban Muslims from entering the US and, upon becoming President, actually issued an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming to the country.

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He was echoing his host, Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who speaking before him, also lashed out at Iran calling it an exporter of violent extremism and "spearhead of global terrorism".

Noting that Melania Trump provides "the ideal cover for misogyny and tyranny by being lovely, poised and often silent", Hossain concludes, "In Melania, the Saudi press and the Saudi government found the flawless spokeswoman, who projects a glamorous image that glosses over one of world's most autocratic and oppressive regimes".

"We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live. or how to worship".

Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism.

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.

Both the First Lady and the First Daughter-turned-Assistant to the President opted against wearing headscarves during their visit to Saudi Arabia.

Trump's first stop was a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

The president then complimented el-Sissi's choice of footwear, telling his Egyptian counterpart "Love your shoes".

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