Gen. Keane: Trump Building 'Framework of an Arab NATO' During Mideast Visit

Angie Massey
June 2, 2017

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday criticized US President Donald Trump for sealing an arms deal and other investments worth hundreds of billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia, Tehran's arch-rival in the Middle East.

"They're going to hire USA companies", Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters, according to a White House pool report.

"That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds", he said in his speech.

"Understanding each other's cultures, understanding each other's beliefs, and I think talking more openly about those, I think there's a great deal that's misunderstood about the Muslim world, by Americans and the Western world", he said.

"Anyone who can not name our enemy is not fit to lead this country".

She spoke in place of her father who was scheduled to speak.

Presidents of the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council of the Arab states, as well as US President Donald Trump and United Nations secretary generals took part in the summit.

"So many young, handsome innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life", Trump said, echoing the theme he presented during his meetings with Arab leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The president stuck mainly to the script for most his historic speech, but his inclusion of "Islamic terrorism" came as a shock to some.

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Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka also did not have her hair covered when she emerged from Air Force One in a long-sleeved black-and-white maxi dress, holding her husband Jared Kushner's hand.

Trump offered few indications of whether he planned to shift US policy to better fight terrorism.

We will defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before. We believe you're willing. "These attacks, they're not done by Swedish people, that I can tell you".

Trump made no mention of the disputed travel ban, signed days after he took office, that temporarily banned immigration to the USA from seven majority Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

"They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence", he said.

"Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim".

Trump described the spate of terrorist attacks across the globe, as "a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people who seek to protect it".

He also urged the regional countries to help establish security and peace, respect people's right to determine their destiny and spend their money on development rather than funneling them into USA coffers. The Washington Post said the probe had reached into the White House to include a Trump adviser, who was not named. "Saudi Arabia giving $25 million, Qatar, all of these countries". More than 20 people were killed by an apparent suicide bomber. "And yet you take their money". He'll close his ambitious first foreign trip at a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily, where his reception from European leaders may be less effusive than his welcome in Israel and Saudi Arabia, his opening stop on the trip.

THEN: Trump had plenty of harsh words for Saudi Arabia before his election. If women get behind the wheel in the kingdom, they may be arrested, sent to court and even flogged. "It wasn't the Iraqis, it was Saudi - take at look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents", he demanded.

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