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After Trump's visit, Saudi Arabia hopes to reinforce its influence in the region, against Iran - The Conversation AU

US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia and his “Islam speech”, delivered at the Arab-Islamic-America Summit in Riyadh on May 21 2017, created controversy in the Muslim world. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who won a landslide reelection ...and more »

The Bankrupt Way the White House Tells 'Bad Muslims' from 'Good Muslims' - Foreign Policy In Focus

All right, America. We need to have a talk. The president recently returned from Saudi Arabia, where he gave his Muslim hosts a speech about the threats of “radical Islamist terrorism.” Because Trump steered slightly clear of his usual vitriol toward ...and more »

Saudi Arabia ramps up Washington lobbying with former Trump advisers - CNN

(CNN) In the weeks before President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip, the Saudi government hired three US lobbying firms to do its bidding in Washington, including an obscure group made up of former Trump advisers that will ...and more »

How Donald Trump betrayed American values and Jeffersonian legacy with trip to Saudi Arabia - South China Morning Post

In his highly choreographed first overseas trip, President Donald Trump appeared to have repeated president Richard Nixon's trip to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East during the Watergate crisis some 33 years ago. Like Nixon, the ...and more »

'Sensitive' UK terror funding inquiry may never be published - The Guardian

Investigation into foreign funding and support of jihadi groups operating in UK understood to focus on Saudi Arabia. Jessica Elgot · @jessicaelgot. Wed 31 May 2017 10.20 EDT Last modified on Thu 1 Jun 2017 14.37 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on ...and more »

US Support for Saudi Arabia Tough to Explain for Top State Department Official - Newsweek

A high-ranking State Department official appeared to become flustered Tuesday after he was questioned about the U.S.' support for Saudi Arabia, despite the oil-rich kingdom's rejection of democratic ideals. Stuart Jones, who was appointed as U.S. ...and more »

Saudis Signal Expanded Executions Policy After Donald Trump's Visit - HuffPost

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia this month encouraged the kingdom to expand its controversial use of the death penalty, including toward peaceful protesters, a top human rights advocacy group says. The state has executed ...and more »

Scapegoating Saudi Arabia won't help us fight terrorism - Washington Post

Ali Shihabi is executive director of the Arabia Foundation, a Washington-based think tank focused on the geopolitics of the Arabian Peninsula. Terrorism is a problem that we all still struggle to understand. That challenge only increases when partisan ...and more »

'Principled Realism' - The Weekly Standard

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic ...and more »

Trump is assembling all the pieces he needs to go after Iran - Business Insider

It is not always clear what President Donald Trump is thinking on any particular issue. On Iran, however, Trump appears to have decidedly hardline leanings. He repeatedly called the nuclear deal "the worst deal ever negotiated" while on the campaign ...and more »