Iran hits back at Trump after Islam speech, Saudi arms deal

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2017

President Trump also fell victim to the age old presidential posture problem and the question of bowing in the presence of foreign leaders.

The irony is that Trump's speech came a day after the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over rivals who would have been more aggressively anti-American.

If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing-then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.

Some of his friends thought the deals included too much military spending - around $110 billion - but Ibrahim disagreed.

But after US President Donald Trump's hotly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia was over, many in the Arab world latched on to a different theme from his address, one that maybe explained why an American leader had travelled so far.

But after his presidential victory, Mr. Trump chose to give Riyadh the esteemed honour of hosting him on his first official foreign visit.

Political leaders proclaimed a new era, Saudis gushed at the "elegantly respectful" look of first lady Melania Trump, analysts hailed the biggest arms deal in American history while Sunday newspapers praised the renewal of "this natural American-Muslim alliance" that in the 1980s had fought "successfully against atheism and communism".

(CNN) If there's one thing we've learned about Donald Trump, it is that he has no qualms about contradicting himself to get what he wants.

President Trump was also careful to emphasize the threat from the Iranian government as another core aspect of the USA strategic partnership with the Arab world, but he also focused on the Iranian government and not the Iranian people, many of whom clearly do not support its extremism. "Instead, we are here to offer partnership - based on shared interests and values - to pursue a better future for us all". -Muslim relations and the need for Muslim countries to jointly combat terrorism, saying the fight against terrorism was "a battle between good and evil".

But he said Middle Eastern countries must "honestly confront the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. [And stand] together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians".

He is due to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as well as the Western Wall before holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Nor will Trump's speech put an end to the Islamophobia and bigotry that he has spent the past two years inciting. "Pray for the day that the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve", he said.

"After KSA King's speech & Trump's speech there can be no doubt that the KSA-led alliance is focused against Iran!". He avoided phrases like "Islamic extremism", but repeatedly made it clear that the US would focus on the threats posed by "terrorists and extremists".

Trump did not make overt mentions of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia or the other Gulf nations in his speech.

"He's changed his tone somewhat because he understands that we have to be of the entire world and it isn't us against them", Sacramento resident Kevin Black said. But numerous ideas were the same: America was not at war with Islam, the Muslim world had to drive out extremists, and partnership was essential.

Trump has vowed to do whatever is necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but has given little sign of how he could revive long-stalled negotiations.When he met Abbas earlier this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of USA policy.

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