Trump lavishes praise on Saudis, but silent on human rights

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were joined by King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif Al Saud and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud at a signing ceremony that included Boeing products and services. The King told Mr Trump that their nations have worked together for over a century and developed "a very good foundation of mutual understanding and strategy" that has "led to a great stability in the region".

"It's not that entrepreneurship isn't important, but you need serious political changes so that that the laws that restrict women from functioning in the work place are reversed", Beckerle said.

A leading American Jewish advocacy organization praised Donald Trump's speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, saying the president had demonstrated "refreshing describing the Islamist extremist threat that developed in the Middle East years ago".

Trump's remarks came in a meeting with dozens of regional leaders who gathered in Riyadh for a summit with Trump and Saudi King Salman.

The first day of Trump's visit saw the announcement of hundreds of billions of dollars in trade deals, welcome news for Trump as he faces mounting troubles at home.

In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publicly admonish Mideast rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns.

This is exactly the kind of language that the 35 heads of state and government from Muslim-majority countries attending the Arab Islamic American Summit would be pleased to hear.

The president also pledged America's support of Middle Eastern countries in their fight against terrorism and extremism but said all Muslim countries must do "their fair share".

Before the speech, Trump held individual meetings with leaders of several nations, including Egypt and Qatar.

A White House official blamed Trump's fatigue for the switch.

A Sunday meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi underscored the kinship, with Trump saluting his counterpart on the April release of Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi, who had been detained in the country for almost three years.

A photograph of Donald Trump with his hands on a glowing orb was one of the most striking images from the US President's weekend visit to Saudi Arabia.

"I$3 f the Lord of the Rings movies taught me anything it is that the Dark Lord of Mordor is on the other end of the orb giving orders", Twitter user Schafe posted in response to the image. He'll also go to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis, to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and to Sicily for a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial nations.

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