Trump Pays A Visit To Saudi Arabia To Speak On The Topic Of Islam In 5-Nation Sweep Of Middle East
Donald Trump, of all individuals will pay a visit to, of all places, Saudi Arabia; To speak on, of all things, Islam. This should be good.
Donald Trump, the same man that 1.5 years ago called for "... a total and complete shutdown of all Muslims entering the US will give be giving a speech today (May 19th) on Islam... In Saudi Arabia; Part of a 5-nation visit over nine days to attempt to brochure the appearance of international relationship in the Middle East, and encourage negotiations, with regard to NAFTA no doubt, in Western Europe. There is cause for concern if his language resembles in any way that of his language stateside on this very issue; Muttering right-wing buzzwords such as "Radical Islamic Terrorism" will needless to say not do much in the way of germinating peace in the Middle East. An article in "The Atlantic" referred to this voyage as "Trump's excellent Abrahamic adventure", pointing out the possibly overlooked fact that Trump's travels bring him to representative locations relevant to all 3 Abrahamic religions. The words likely to come out of his mouth are potentially frightening.
This trip has been arranged by the Saudis as an "Arab Islamic American Summit", and, despite the rhetoric of Trump in the past, will be the recipient of a royal welcome regardless by the Saudi King, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It is expected to be a cultural co-opting event as well, with steak and ketchup to be served alongside the local cuisine, a country music concert, and American flag poles scattered intermittently among Saudi flags in the streets of Riyadh. Several leaders from Muslim-majority nations have been invited as well, and are expected to attend. It is expectedly anxiety-inducing to imagine what may come out of this meeting, with The New York Times bringing to light his obsession with a diplomatic "win" in an article encouraging leaders from other nations in a sideways manner fain granting Trump something he feels is a win for his administration. He will be negotiating a proverbial field of landmines as he pays a visit to Israel directly following this summit, to speak to the Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu directly after the recent media bustle over whether he revealed highly classified information pertaining to Israel with the Russian spy Sergey Kislyac. He is slated to speak with the Israeli president and the Palestinian president back-to-back, with the stated intentions being an attempt to encourage a peaceful resolution between the two nations. As he parted on his voyage to tackle this brier patch of international relations, he encouraged us with his understanding of its complexity by tweeting: "Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be strongly protecting American interests - That's what I like to do!(sic)"