Donald Trump, Who Routinely Demonized Muslims, Tries To Soften Rhetoric On Islam

Candice Alexander
May 24, 2017

Trump has also so far been careful not to make too many public comments or tweets, sticking to a script so as to minimize controversies that would distract from the message of the trip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump "a true friend" to Israel and expressed optimism about the president's role in the Middle East peace process.

"I never mentioned the word or the name Israel", he told reporters. "So you have another story wrong".

He notably refrained from using the phrase "radical Islamic terror", which had been a staple of campaign speeches and which he had chided predecessor Barack Obama for refusing to utter.

A startling photograph of Donald Trump, the Egyptian president and Saudi king placing their hands on a glowing orb at a summit in Riyadh has prompted comparisons between the U.S. president and villains from comic books and film.

"That would not have been a part of a speech that I would have delivered", Rubio said in his own appearance on CNN. But Trump's unconventional approach to diplomacy has raised hopes that he may be well positioned to jumpstart talks bogged down by entrenched interests and ancient enmity. "But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land", Trump said.

In March, Trump said, "I think Islam hates us".

Trump is to travel Tuesday to Bethlehem to visit with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Trump spoke in Riyadh at the Arab Islamic American Summit, an annual event attended by the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority nations.

Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who set aside his campaign rhetoric and focused on his desire to crack down on Iran's influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in Obama.

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Trump's visit was laden with religious symbolism.

Trump also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb.

Trump, wearing a yarmulke, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall. "Ivanka and Melania are both participating". The family was separated by gender.

Earlier in the day, Ivanka Trump met with a group of elite Saudi women at Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh, where she largely avoided sharp criticism of the country's treatment of women. Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone. He noted that the USA arms sales includedBlack Hawk helicopters that would be manufactured in Saudi Arabia. "I have a lot of friends who are working at these companies: Boeing, BAE Systems - engineers educated in the United States of America".

The White House struggled to answer the question.

The UAE's USA ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, said in a statement that the promised donation reflects "our commitment to empowering women in our region and builds on the progress we have made in our country, where women play a role in every segment of society".

Trump arrived in Riyadh besieged by the fallout from his controversial decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and more revelations about the federal investigations into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem.

Gulf Arab countries long have been suspicious about Iran, whether that's the United Arab Emirates' long-running dispute over Iran seizing several Persian Gulf islands from it in 1971 to Bahrain's simmering anger over a 1981 coup attempt it blamed on the newly formed Islamic Republic. "We believe Israel is willing".

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