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Donald in Arabia: What Did We Learn From Trump's Encounter With the Saudi Monarchy? - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

This article was originally published here in Salon on Saturday, May 27, 2017. What is there to be said about President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia that has not already been said? That the irony of a president who campaigned in large part on ...and more »

Donald Trump Likes Muslims, but Only a Certain Type - Haaretz

BERLIN – Donald Trump completed his first Middle East tour this week – if it's appropriate to call visiting Saudi Arabia and Israel a tour – and a few things about his intensions seemed to clarify. He now likes Muslims, but only a certain type. Namely ...and more »

What did Donald Trump achieve in the Middle East? - The Economist

AS DONALD TRUMP set off on his first foreign trip since taking office, to the world's most unstable and dangerous region, some observers were worried. As it turned out, though, the Middle Eastern leg of Mr Trump's nine-day maiden voyage was one of the ...and more »

Trump promised big foreign policy changes — it isn't going to happen - The Boston Globe

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S first overseas trip has greatly clarified his approach to foreign policy. Critics fearing that Trump's election heralded the onset of full-throated isolationism can rest easy. Those who saw in Trump's revival of the phrase “America ...and more »

How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump - Washington Post

This week's bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump's journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this ...and more »

As Iran and US Leaders Trade Barbs, Big Deals Proceed - New York Times

TEHRAN — President Trump, who has never made a secret of his hostility toward Iran, called recently for a grand regional strategy among Sunni nations to isolate the country. But Tehran received that threat with surprising equanimity because, in ...and more »

Re-elected Rouhani's economic challenges, priorities - Tehran Times

After his landslide victory in Iran's presidential election held on May 19, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani swept to his second term. Winning about 57 percent of the votes, his position is now stronger, while expectations of his administration are ...and more »

Campaign promises and vilifications yield to Mideast complexities - National Catholic Reporter (blog)

President Donald Trump escaped the swirl of controversies and investigations surrounding his administration in Washington earlier this week for the welcoming arms of ... the Saudis? In an administration where reality continues to be stranger than ...and more »

Trump Goes With God—and the Gamble Mostly Pays Off - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Even if Donald Trump had not been a candidate whose presidential campaign was drenched in isolationist language and a man whose words and deeds tend not to ...and more »

Weekend Roundup: Trump's Siding With Saudi Arabia Against Iran Deepens The Mideast Divide - HuffPost

In a speech in Riyadh ostensibly billed as seeking to unite the Muslim world against terrorism, U.S. President Donald Trump instead further inflamed the Shia-Sunni schism in the region by signaling America's embrace of the Saudi anti-Iran vision for ...and more »