Why Donald Trump Touched a Glowing Orb in Saudi Arabia

Olive Rios
May 27, 2017

In reality, the widely shared photograph depicts Trump, King Salman and al-Sissi at the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. The official briefed on Sunday's meeting said the package includes building permits for Palestinians in Area C that has largely been off limits to Palestinian development until now.

During a 2014 trip to Riyadh, Obama met with a Saudi woman who spread awareness of domestic violence in her country and presented her with the State Department's International Women of Courage award. "There are efforts underway to, I think, improve the rights of women, the participation of women in society throughout the region". Under the Saudis' strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam, for example, women can not drive, open bank accounts, work, travel or go to school without the express permission of a male guardian.

Saudi Arabia also routinely carries out executions by beheading, including some in public.

Also in attendance Sunday was World Bank President President Jim Yong Kim, who announced that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates would pledge $100 million to his organization's facility devoted to global female entrepreneurship. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One, said the U.S. could provide clarifications to Israel about the disclosure but said, "I don't know that there's anything to apologize for".

A World Bank official said Kim was invited by the Saudi Arabian government to attend the Arab Islamic American Summit and subsequently attended the event with the First Daughter.

"He wasn't basically saying you've got to change your politics, you've got to open up and so forth". "Without that, any amount of money or investment won't go very far".

"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people", Trump said upon his arrival in Tel Aviv.

"I think that would be a awful abdication of our global leadership when it comes to advocating for people who are the subject of persecution, or imprisoned, or journalists that are thrown in jail, or people not allowed to practice their faith", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CNN. Tillerson referred to the visit as "a moment in time" and suggested that the US would take a more active role in the future in brokering a deal if both sides make serious commitments.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on "Fox News Sunday" that the primary goal of the visit was to confront the threat of terrorism, and that human rights would improve as security and stability in the region did.

Numerous autocratic nations in the region, including Saudi Arabia, have severe restrictions on women's rights and participation in society.

Salama reported from Washington.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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