Iran shrugs off Trump threats, missile tests to carry on

Candice Alexander
May 25, 2017

"These are radical Islamic terrorists and [Clinton] won't even mention the word, and nor will President Obama", Trump said at an October 9 debate with his Democratic rival.

Speaking alongside Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump was referencing revelations that he divulged classified information about an Islamic State threat during a recent meeting in Washington with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador.

The US president flew to Israel on Monday after a two-day stay in Saudi Arabia, which he chose for his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

Mustafa Akyol, a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times told the paper: "It is actually helpful, in my view, that American people, especially those who voted for Trump, see their president and his family happily hanging out with all the images they may typically see as scary: Arabic inscriptions on green flags, recitation of the Quran, Arab men with swords". -Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific", attempting to dismiss concerns that the incident violated the confidentiality of an agreement with Israel.

"This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership", Trump said.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has criticized a summit of Muslim countries that was attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, calling the meeting in Saudi Arabia a "a show with no meaning".

Rouhani, the face of Tehran's deal with six major powers in 2015 to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions, said the US administration lacked knowledge about the Middle East.

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Trump is now in Israel on the second leg of his nine-day trip, with stops in Italy and Belgium to follow.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was in Saudi Arabia with President Trump this weekend, and today he appeared on CNBC to chat about it. "We agree that the fight against Islamist extremism is a battle between the forces of good and decency, on the one hand, and evil and a death cult, on the other, and that victory depends, above all, on what Arab and Muslim nations do to counter and defeat this violent, deadly scourge".

"He's just an exhausted guy", a senior White House official told reporters on background, per The Hill.

Trump, wearing a black skullcap, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.

"But we need two willing parties", he said then.

Let us note for the record that some of those millions of dollars that went to the Clinton Foundation came from Saudi Arabia, which punishes acts of homosexuality with execution, imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, or flogging.

America's Gulf allies had fiercely opposed Barack Obama's opening to Iran and were alarmed when, in one of Trump's first acts as president, he attempted to ban travel from more than half a dozen Arab and Muslim countries.

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