Trump's Saudi Arabia visit was 'bizarre, unseemly, unethical and un-American': WaPo columnist

Trump's Saudi Arabia visit was 'bizarre, unseemly, unethical and un-American': WaPo columnist

Trump's Saudi Arabia visit was 'bizarre, unseemly, unethical and un-American': WaPo columnist

Over two days, Trump is to meet separately with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and visit holy sites.

The tour will include Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium and President Trump will be attending both the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 summits. Trump also spoke about the need for peace and cooperation among Middle Eastern countries to combat terrorism.

"This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership", Trump said. Drive them out of your communities. He condemned "Islamic terror of all kinds", but never specifically referred to radical Islam.

And because of other tensions in the region (with Iran) and tensions with previous US President Barack Obama, Trump is being given a pass on his past remarks and is being feted by the Saudi monarchy.

He accused the Shi'ite nation's government of pursuing "expansionist ambitions, criminal practices, interferences in the internal affairs of other countries, flagrant violations of the global law, and violations of the principles of good-neighborliness, coexistence, and mutual respect". Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected over the weekend for another term, to put an end to his country's missile program.

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Ahead of a full meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the US and its six member nations exchanged a memorandum of understanding outlining each's commitment to move against terror financing.

In his speech, the president also put the blame on Iran for the "instability" happening in the region.

He praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, telling him, "You have done a tremendous job under trying circumstances".

He delivered the speech on the second day of his first trip overseas as president, making his first stop in Saudi Arabia before traveling to Israel and Vatican City in Rome as he works to unite three major world faiths.

Trump, 70, is now on his first foreign trip since becoming president. The Washington Post said the probe had reached into the White House to include a Trump adviser, who was not named.

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