Ross, a billionaire who made his fortune investing in distressed assets, was back in Washington after joining President Donald Trump over the weekend in Saudi Arabia where a number of business deals were sealed, including a Saudi arms agreement that could end up being worth $350 billion over 10 years. The mood was a genuinely good mood, and at the end of the trip, as I was getting back on the plane, the security guards for the Saudis' side who had been helping us over the weekend all wanted to pose for a big photo op, and then they gave me two huge bushels of dates as a present...
Former Jordanian Justice Minister Ibrahim Aljazy said: "I would not call it a constructive tone since people in the region, particularly Jordanians, are looking for a more clear approach to the Israeli policies and an end to settlements, which may pave the way for a true two-state solution [with Palestine] and end of occupation".
"Referencing "Islamic" terrorist organizations only will not be appreciated by the vast majority of people in the region when other forces are carrying out acts of aggression, especially as Arabs and Muslims are the prime victims of these organizations", Aljazy told CNN. Roger Stone, Trump's one-time campaign adviser, said seeing the President accept an award from the Saudi monarch "makes me want to puke".More news: Trump calls Manchester attack perpetrators 'evil losers'
Human rights didn't go completely unnoticed on Trump's trip.
"It wasn't the Iraqis, it was Saudi - take at look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents", he said.
Mr Trump, wearing a black skullcap, became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall on Monday.
Additionally, Saudi Arabia signed individual multi-billion deals with United States companies including Boeing and Blackstone. When asked about opening a dialogue with the White House, he said: "We are waiting for the [Trump] government to be well established so we can pass judgement". In a statement following the meeting, Trump addressed his meetings the previous day with Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, and said that there is growing realization that they share a "common cause with you" in their determination to defeat extremism and deter "the threat posed by Iran".More news: Rouhani: Iran to Continue Supporting Syria, Iraq in Anti-Terror Fight
Even though most of the 19 hijackers who brought about the attack were Arabs, Saudi Arabia has maintained that their people did not have any role to play in the historically infamous attacks.
This didn't stop Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from defending Trump's stamina, telling reporters on Monday that "he's doing better than I am".
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum labeled the speech a "slander against the reputation of the resistance of the [Palestinian] people".
The Republican said he was "honoured to be received by such gracious hosts", as he was given the highest civilian honour in Saudi Arabia - despite having previously criticised the country.More news: Warriors Coach Mike Brown Nearly Arrested While Driving To The Game
Saudi Arabia adheres to an ultraconservative interpretation of Islamic Shariah law where unrelated men and women are segregated in most public places.
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