Trump slip up in Saudi Arabia speech blamed on exhaustion

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

"Oh my god. Trump has obtained the Bajoran Orb of Time", tweeted games developer and U.S. congressional candidate Brianna Wu, in a reference to a mythical object from the "Star Trek" universe.

Netanyahu said that U.S.

The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former USA secretary of state John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after around a year of largely fruitless discussion.

Trump is scheduled to visit Italy, Vatican City and Belgium later in the week. His flight on Air Force One was believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, nations that have limited diplomatic relations.

Mr Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations.

Sabbah Zanganeh, a political commentator and former adviser to the Iranian foreign minister, said that the multibillion deals between Washington and Riyadh are a "dollar borehole" for the U.S. and an attempt by the Gulf monarchy to show off its unsatisfied military ambitions towards Iran with the support from "Big Brother".

US President Donald Trump has insisted that he "never mentioned" Israel in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at which he reportedly shared highly classified information from a foreign partner.

Rohani's remarks came as Trump trained more criticism on Iran in a visit to Israel on May 22, saying that Tehran must stop supporting "terrorists and militia" and must never acquire nuclear weapons.

"President Abbas assures me he is ready to work towards that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has promised the same".

Ahead of their meeting, Netanyahu's security cabinet adopted a series of measures aimed at benefiting the Palestinian economy, moves seen as confidence-building measures requested by Trump.

Husam Zumlot, a former adviser to Abbas who is now the Palestinian ambassador in Washington, said the contours of any deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians were well known to both sides. He reiterated the Palestinians' demands, including establishing a capital in East Jerusalem, territory Israel claims as well, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognizing the state of Palestine". Wearing a black skullcap, he became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the most holy site at which Jews can pray.

During his trip to the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, a center that aims to defeat militant communication, Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi placed their hands on the object. 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. The White House said it was Trump's idea to use the term "evil losers".

In the speech-where he departed from his typical rhetoric about terrorism-"Islamist extremism" was written into his address, according to officials, but Trump said "Islamic extremism".

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