Trump's first foreign visit starts in Saudi Arabia, then Israel

Pablo Tucker
May 25, 2017

Mr Trump, who is making his first visit to Israel as U.S. president, said: "I never mentioned the word or the nameIsrael in that conversation".

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during welcome ceremony in Tel Aviv, Monday, May 22,2017.

(Yuri Kochetkov/Pool photo via AP, File).

Arriving directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for co-operation among USA allies in the Middle East.

"I was deeply encouraged by my conversations with Muslim world leaders in Saudi Arabia".

Netanyahu has demanded his government ministers attend Trump's arrival ceremony Monday morning after several of them said they were going to give it a pass, one of the ministers' offices said. And then they gave me two big bushels of dates, as a present, as a thank you for the trip that we had had.

Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years" in March during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Klein said his organization was pleased that Trump strongly condemned Iran, that he condemned "ISIS, Hezbollah and Hamas and Iran in the same sentence - for they are all part of the same scourge of Islamist terror".

Trump is scheduled to visit Italy, Vatican City and Belgium later in the week. "We are very grateful for the leadership Ms. Trump and Chancellor Merkel have demonstrated on this important issue". No one understands what was up with that orb, but in general, the American president did not cause any diplomatic crises during his brief trip to Saudi Arabia.

But Trump lavished praise on King Salman. Trump voiced none of the neo-con sentiments that led President George W. Bush to destroy Iraq in a tragically ill-informed attempt to make the country safe for democracy. He has taken a tougher line on settlements than Israeli officials had expected, urging restraint though not calling for a full halt to construction.

While both Netanyahu and Abbas have made positive noises about their readiness to negotiate, both also face domestic constraints on their freedom to manoeuvre and strike a deal. But Trump's offhand remark was another stark reminder that his troubles at home, including the investigation of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation and his firing of FBI Director James Comey, have followed him across the ocean. They were joined by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner.

Mr Trump said he was hopeful a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians would be possible. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Monday blast, which also left 59 people wounded, though a top American intelligence official said the claim could not be verified.

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