Sun, May 21, 2017: In speech before Arab leaders, Trump urges Muslim nations to step up fight against terrorism, urges unity among religions

U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight “Islamist extremism” on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions.

Trump, who generated controversy with his push to ban many Muslims from entering the United States, described the fight against terrorism as a battle between good and evil rather than a clash of civilizations.

“This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,” Trump will say in the speech, according to excerpts of the speech released by the White House. Continue reading “Sun, May 21, 2017: In speech before Arab leaders, Trump urges Muslim nations to step up fight against terrorism, urges unity among religions”

Melania Trump hails ’empowerment of women’ in visit to all-female factory in Saudi Arabia

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump praised the “empowerment of women” at a General Electric all-female service center in the Saudi capital on Sunday, saying the women should work together and educate their children well.

She is accompanying U.S. President Donald Trump on his first international visit since taking office in January, and told 200 female employees she tried to find balance between her role of First Lady and mother. Continue reading “Melania Trump hails ’empowerment of women’ in visit to all-female factory in Saudi Arabia”

Sat, May 20, 2017: Trump seals $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Under political fire at home, U.S. President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI.

The arms deal, plus other investments that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said could total up to $350 billion, was the central achievement of Trump’s first day in Riyadh, first stop on a nine-day journey the Middle East and Europe. Continue reading “Sat, May 20, 2017: Trump seals $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia”

Melania Trump shuns headscarf in arrival at Saudi Arabia

Ignoring President Donald Trump’s past admonition, U.S. first lady Melania Trump did not cover her head Saturday when they arrived in Saudi Arabia on the opening leg of his first international tour since taking office.

Two years ago, then-citizen Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle Obama’s decision to go bare-headed on a January 2015 visit with her husband. Continue reading “Melania Trump shuns headscarf in arrival at Saudi Arabia”

May 20-21, 2017: Trump in Saudi Arabia: Meets with King Salman, speaks on Islam, helps open cultural center

The president will meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for coffee and participate in a signing ceremony expected to focus on arms sales.

After a meeting with leaders of more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries, he will deliver a speech about Islam that the White House is hoping will diffuse tensions resulting from his travel ban while also cementing the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a bulwark against both ISIS and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Trump will also participate in the grand opening of a cultural center dedicated to fighting Islamic radicalism and promoting a more moderate approach to practicing the religion.

Itinerary, details: How foreign nations are planning for Trump’s arrival abroad

When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal – steak with a side of ketchup – will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.

At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Trump’s five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule.

It’s all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate America’s homebody president on a voyage with increasingly raised stakes given the ballooning controversy involving his campaign’s possible ties to Russia. For a former international businessman, Trump simply doesn’t have an affinity for much international. Continue reading “Itinerary, details: How foreign nations are planning for Trump’s arrival abroad”

Tue, Mar. 14, 2017: Trump meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

President Donald Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on Tuesday for a discussion likely to touch on economic relations and efforts to stop the war in Syria.

Trump, who took office in January, and Prince Mohammed, who is also the kingdom’s defense minister, kicked off their talks in the Oval Office, where they posed for a picture in front of journalists and did not take questions.

The meeting was the first since Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration with the prince, who is leading the kingdom’s efforts to revive state finances by diversifying the economy away from a reliance on falling crude oil revenues. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 14, 2017: Trump meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman”