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Trump Proclaims 'New Reason To Hope' After Landing In Israel

24 May 2017

The concerns about Iran's motives towards Israel and the rest of the Muslim world are understandable, but I'm not 100% sure it's the U.S.' job to make Iran an outlier.

Donald Trump was "exhausted" during his first trip overseas as President and asked his daughter to attend a scheduled event in his place.

One Twitter account shared a fake tweet by President Trump, which said: "Cyrus the Great was buried in a sceptre of tremendous power".

"Of course, there is still much work to be done".

That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.

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Trump, surrounded by Saudi officials, bops back and forth with a smile on his face, while White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn appear more reserved in their moves. "Just an exhausted guy", she told reporters.

Interestingly, Trump's predecessor Barack Obama had cancelled a $115 billion deal with the Saudis. So for anyone with knowledge of Middle Eastern history, the news that the United States is planning "an Arab Nato" seemed like déjà vu. "His call on Muslim leaders at the summit to do more to take on extremists and terrorists was important". There is nothing wrong or shameful in intensifying cooperation with the USA and building a private relationship, an issue that the enemies of Saudi Arabia are not in favor of.

Some Muslim analysts said the speech would help Trump hit a reset with the Muslim world.

For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. "It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this very room". White House officials has said he did not want to lecture, something they believe Obama did, unsuccessfully.

"Iran - fresh from real elections - attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy and moderation", Zarif tweeted, referring to the U.S. president.

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"The Iranian regime has been the spearhead of terrorism since the Khomeini revolution until today", said King Salman.

As a journalist who has traveled to Muslim countries around the world my experience has been similar. The $400B business agreement between the USA and Saudi Arabia is nice, but with most of the agreements involving state-owned industries it's unlikely the private sector will actually benefit. Iranian-backed militia are also fighting ISIS militants in Iraq.

Trump said Muslim nations must deny all territory and sanctuary to terrorists; cut off their financing; and battle for hearts and souls by undermining terrorist recruitment and radicalism. It is possible that as Trump gets over his jet lag, he will build up the stamina needed to gut out this trip. "Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes", he said.

He lavished the Saudis with praise, and effusively accepted their medals even as they continue to export that ideological poison.

The president now finds himself adjusting to the nuances of Middle East diplomacy, where inflammatory campaign slogans - no matter how popular among some voters - can be the cause of major disruptions now that he holds office. He's been besieged by a series of revelations about the ongoing federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

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