Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

'Battle between good and evil'


Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia also served as something of a reset with the region following his presidential campaign, which was frequently punctured by bouts of anti-Islamic rhetoric.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and his guest President Trump shared great moments with the honest desire to work closely to maintain and strengthen the outstanding strategic partnership between the two nations. "Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth", he said.

The White House claims that Trump was busy editing his speech during a 14-hour flight from Washington to the Middle East.

Earlier on Monday, on Mr Trump's first visit to Israel as president, he said he sees a growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a "common cause" with Israel in their determination to counter threats posed by Iran. "Drive them out of your communities".

Government and journalistic circles underlined that at the last of three summits in Riyadh (the first bilateral summit with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the second one with six leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC), the USA president favored a better common future.

President Trump, who is domestically defending his executive order banning visitors from six Muslim-majority countries, called the fight against Islamic terror a "battle between good and evil".

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday cited a lack of protests against President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia as evidence of a "genuinely good mood" on the first leg of his foreign trip.

"This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it". At his first stop in Saudi Arabia, he gave a speech asking Middle Eastern leaders to "extinguish Islamic extremism".

"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people", Mr Trump said upon his arrival in Tel Aviv.

"What happened in Iran has turned other parts of the Middle East toward Israel", Trump said, noting that these countries "were not feeling so well toward Israel not long ago".

Speaking to journalists after a ceremony to exchange agreements, Trump said it was a "tremendous day" and spoke of "hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs". He declared Islam "one of the world's great faiths".

"We must be united to conquer extremism. young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up without fear", adds Trump. And he said "Islamic extremism" instead of "Islamist extremism", the latter treating the terrorism as a political and not religious movement.

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