Saudis strive to impress Trump

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 19, 2017

Saudi officials are said to hope the concert and other events will impress Trump during his first stop overseas.

"The president also looks forward to participate in a Twitter forum" in Saudi Arabia, according to his national security advisor.

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia is the first stop on his maiden global trip since taking office in January. "It will bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries", he told a news conference. This unprecedented assembly is meant to show not only that Saudi Arabia is the leader of the Islamic world but that Muslim leaders support the USA against Islamic State terrorists.

A forthcoming major speech in Saudi Arabia by Donald Trump on the need to confront radical Islam is being drafted by an advisor who devised the "Muslim ban" policy which was blocked by the United States courts, according to reports. "Saudis would be signing for making Dollars 200 billion of investment in the United States which would create a lot of jobs", said a senior administration official involved in planning of the major presidential trip. In a post for the think tank, McCants said Saudi royals may be willing to rein in ultraconservative Wahhabi proselytizing if Trump presses them to do more to stop promoting religious intolerance overseas. Trump's advisers saw it as an opportunity for the United States to boldly reassert itself on the world stage and resume a leadership role that the administration believes was abdicated by President Barack Obama.

Keith, who played at Trump's pre-inaugural celebration, will be performing in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, his publicist confirmed to NBC News.

In the wake of the previous US administration's participation in the historic nuclear deal with Iran, Saudi Arabia is now seen to be attempting to restart positive relations with Washington. He said Saudi Arabia was not concerned about sharing intelligence with the United States, despite a storm over reports that Trump had discussed intelligence with Russian Federation during a White House meeting last week. "We are convinced that President Trump understands that we want an innovative solution to this issue".

The leaders of Syria and Iran were not invited to the summit. Speaking on background, government officials said that they were not aware of any such flight - certainly not one that took place "in broad daylight" and was reported in the press. Trump did speak on the phone with Jordanian King Abdullah on Tuesday, but there were no signs of any preparations for a meeting between the two leaders, for now. In the region, Saudi Arabia owns the keys to stability. "Trump has been very clear about the need to push back against Iran". Saudi Arabia is also considering opening its doors to a Six Flags Theme park. Also he will meet with President Macron of France, newly elected.

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