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

BERLIN – Donald Trump completed his first Middle East tour this week – if its 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 »

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 »

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 »

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

While Trump's visit to the famously repressive Saudi kingdom was quite a show, U.S. policy looks awfully familiar. Blog Post by Steven A. Cook. May 30, 2017. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) presents U.S. President Donald Trump with ...and more »

Iran's Supreme Leader calls the Saudi leaders 'idiots' - Deutsche Welle

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned Saudi Arabia's rulers they face "certain downfall" for their close ties with the US. Iran's pragmatic president instead called for more cooperation to tackle the region's issues. Ali Khamenei (picture alliance/dpa ...and more »

Trump will not end the Arab–Israeli conflict but could make progress by reestablishing America's relations with ... - National Review

The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different. It will fail as well. To be sure, no great harm has, as yet ...and more »

Iran's Khamenei says Saudis will fall, Rouhani calls for better ties - Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday Saudi Arabia's rulers faced “certain downfall” for aligning themselves with the United States, hours after the country's pragmatist president called for improved ...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 »

A not-so-innocent abroad: Trump bumbles across the Middle East - Washington Post

President Trump arrived in Jerusalem this week with a most curious bit of information for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “We just got back from the Middle East,” Trump announced. “We just got back from Saudi Arabia.” At this, the Israeli ambassador ...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 convey ...and more »