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NBC's Bill Neely Trump Trip Notebook: So Long, Saudi Arabia

NBC's Bill Neely Trump Trip Notebook: So Long, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is Trump's first stop on a nine-day tour that includes Israel, Italy and Belgium.

In an effort cement political ties between the two allies, Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also formalized the "Joint Strategic Vision Declaration". More importantly, President Trump spoke directly of "the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires".

"Before preaching tolerance to world leaders, we hope he would preach tolerance here", Council on American Islamic Relations - Sacramento Executive Director Basim Elkarra said.

President Trump seeks reform, not intervention, on Middle East tripThe policy is a big departure from the Obama administration which had hoped to bring Iran back into the worldwide community with the nuclear deal. Apparently, the savings were enough to sway the Saudis. He did raise a legitimate point regarding our inability to combat Wahabism, the fundamentalist expression of Islam that dominates Saudi Arabia and has helped spurn radical Islamic terrorism.

Top executives who descended on Riyadh for a CEO summit timed to coincide with Trump's visit included JPMorgan Chase & Co chief executive officer Jamie Dimon, Blackstone Group LP CEO Steve Schwarzman, and Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp.

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An arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which Trump hailed in his speech, was also a source of criticism. In his declaration that he was "not here to lecture" was the promise that the USA would not tell others "how to worship".

As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place".

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., denounced the latest deal in a HuffPost blog post. "$110 billion in weapons will exacerbate, not ameliorate, those imperfections".

At the time, a Clinton spokesperson said that "the policies that governed the foundation's activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state already went far beyond legal requirements" governing the foundation.

To some viewers in the United States, where Muslims make up about 1 percent of the population, the pivot was surprising - particularly after days of hand-wringing over the news that Trump's adviser Stephen Miller, a longtime critic of Islam, would be drafting the speech.

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The America-first president called on Muslim leaders there to eliminate what he calls the "foot soldiers of evil". But the 79-year-old, who has made the trip with the Trumps to the Middle East looked like he was nodding off.

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that governs the Gaza Strip, said the group rejected Trump's association of the group with Isis and al-Qaeda. "How we use soft power and hard power approach in combating radicalism and terrorism".

Many press reports will focus on some $110 billion in arms sales, and the fact that the president not only implied the US would back away from efforts to change Saudi Arabia, but would remain committed to Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, and a successful outcome in Yemen. They do not compromise any aspect of the fight against extremism and terrorism.

Trump separately thanked King Salman, the leader of the Saudi Arabia, for his "massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs" as well as for "for investing in the future" of the Middle East, as he spoke about a recent arms deal signed by the USA and Saudi Arabia, which is worth $350 billion over 10 years, with almost $110 billion to take effect immediately. The total value of those deals is estimated to be between $300-$380 billion over 10 years.

Though Cohn did not divulge details about the deals, he did disclose they were related to "a bunch of infrastructure related-things". ExxonMobil, the company formerly led by Tillerson, is the largest single investor in the country, the foreign minister also said.

Trump started his day in individual meetings with Arab leaders.

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That's been Trump's way too, and he's done business here in the desert through his family.


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