In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publicly admonish Mideast rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns.
The tone of Trump's message during his first foreign trip as president is worlds away from the incendiary rhetoric of his election campaign previous year, when he regularly said "Islam hates us" and proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. "I think it would be a historic mistake for us to walk away from that". "Not one guy with a bad placard".
Klein, however, expressed disappointment that Trump did not call on Muslim leaders to condemn the terror groups by name, and that Trump also did not insist Muslim leaders end the use of textbooks promoting Islamic extremism. The intel centered on attempts by terrorist groups to load bombs into laptops in an attempt to blow up airliners and is said to have undermined Israel's trust in the Trump White House.
The president had previously campaigned for a new database to track Muslims in the USA and later called for those from some nations to be banned from entering the country. He pledged deeper ties with the Middle East to tackle terrorism and encouraged more economic development in the region.
The aim of the summit is to work towards the establishment of a new partnership to confront extremism and terrorism and reinforce the values of tolerance and coexistence for the future of our generations in the Arab region, a top Arab diplomat said.
But Trump never uttered the magic words "radical Islamic terrorism". The White House-driven effort is a sharp shift from the practice of USA previous administrations that typically gave secretaries of state those reins.
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Trump, while addressing the leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries in Saudi Arabia, sought to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world after making a slew of Islamophobic remarks on the campaign trail, calling for a ban on Muslims and declaring "Islam hates us". His speech was denounced by many Republicans and criticized by a number of America's Middle East allies as being a sort of apology.
"What did the others do, and who can claim that in this region that without Iran the region's stability would be assured?"
Trump was given a warm welcome by Saudi King Salman, who greeted the US President when he disembarked from the presidential plane.
"There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran", he said, at a welcome meeting with President Rueven Rivlin.