Trumps Middle East Tour

by Jack

By all measures, Trumps Middle East tour went better than expected. Trump achieved a major concession from the Saudi’s when they agreed to arrest their people for sponsoring terrorism outside their borders. Prior to this time any Saudi could fund or endorse their favorite group of killers. Trump also locked up an arms sale (mostly aircraft) with the Saudi’s which is sure bring billions back to the USA.

During the Arab leaders summit Trump scored points for calling out Iran as a sponsor of terrorism. Obama lacked the courage and vision to even go there. Then we have a historic flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel. This was first time a passenger plane was flown from Saudi Arabia to Israel and it sure was nice to see it was Air Force One. This was a very deliberate and highly strategic symbolic flight in diplomatic terms that should not be glossed over.

In Israel Trump was very well received again. So now, the Saudi’s were happy, the Israelis were happy, and each talked about the other in friendly terms with Trump as the mediator and go between. In fact, this seems to be a turning point. Because for the first time in modern history Middle East nations are seeing Israel more of an ally than an enemy. It remains to be seen how much Middle East peace and cooperation the US will be able to rally, especially when it comes to fighting terrorists, but the first step has been taken and it was a good one. I think most Middle East observers would say, we have every right to be cautiously optimistic.

It was patently obvious that Israeli Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was delighted and greatly relieved that Trump was in and Obama was out. Netanyahu spoke about a renewed hope for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. During their meeting Netanyahu expressed his thanks to Trump for being a friend.

Next stop… Trump met with Palestinian leader, President Mahmoud Abbas. President Trump predicted a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians could “begin a process of peace” throughout the Middle East and he committed to helping make it happen. President Abbas said a peace deal is possible and it’s time to start talking about in earnest. A very positive sign Palestine is ready to move forward.

Everywhere Trump went was a festive, celebrity moment, but behind the scenes are many dark forces that have derailed U.S. presidents who tried to broker peace agreements in the Middle East. However, there was no question that Trump’s hosts were extremely gracious, accommodating and seemed genuinely interested in improving US, Israeli and Arab cooperation, as well as working together against the extremism of ISIS and Iran.

It was refreshing to see Trump projecting US power wherever he went, unlike Obama’s dismal apology tour. It should be noted that both in Israel and in the Arab summit held in Saudi Arabia, Trump was praised for his quick response to the poison gas attacks in Syria. His guests also acknowledged that Iran’s current regime is an enemy of peace that should never possess a nuclear bomb.

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10 Responses to Trumps Middle East Tour

  1. Peggy says:

    What a huge difference between Obama’s and Trump’s arrival and welcome to Saudi Arabia by its king. He didn’t even go to the airport when Obama arrived, but when Trump did he not only went to the airport he walked the length of the red carpet and greeted Trump at the foot of Air Force One’s steps. The reception dinner and sword dance were something out of a Hollywood production.

    The horrible murder and injury of children in Manchester the next day was the explanation point to his speech.

    CNN and MSNBC chose to stay on the attack Trump train instead of covering the terrorist attack.

    CNN, MSNBC Largely Ignore Terror Attack To Focus On Russian ‘Collusion’ Coverage:

    “CNN and MSNBC largely ignored breaking news of a terror attack Monday night in England for nearly an hour to rehash news about President Trump and accusations his campaign colluded with Russia during the election.

    “We begin however, with the shocking news in Washington tonight,” he continued, quickly switching to a topic deemed more important. Matthews spent the next 20 minutes discussing the report on Trump, before briefly getting back to the attack.

    https://www.hagmannreport.com/from-the-wires/cnn-msnbc-largely-ignore-terror-attack-to-focus-on-russian-collusion-coverage-video/

  2. Pete says:

    Pomp and circumstance do not equate to a good president. I just read that our fearless leader told the Philippine president that we have two nuclear submarines off the coast of North Korea. Not that he wants to use them of course. He would greatly like to solve the crisis with diplomacy. Trump’s a tool.

  3. Peggy says:

    Meanwhile back home the Obama legacy is being exposed for spying on Americans.

    Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years
    by John Solomon and Sara Carter:
    May 24, 2017

    “The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

    More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

    The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

    The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017.

    The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans.

    Continued… (Including FISA court opinion)
    http://circa.com/politics/barack-obamas-team-secretly-disclosed-years-of-illegal-nsa-searches-spying-on-americans

  4. Libby says:

    Ok. So, explain it to me.

    A non-Muslim, non-Catholic, First Lady goes uncovered to Saudi Arabia, but covered to the Vatican?

    I see an illogical disparity here.

    • Tina says:

      In both cases she followed her own private religious conscience and dressed accordingly.

      The Muslims didn’t seem to mind. They greeted her warmly.

      • TruthToPower says:

        Actually many Muslims were offended, that said I say one should not do anything in any country they feel is against their values.

        it is a Choice period.

        I laughed at the mistake but it is not of any concern. She can wear what she want.

        But after all the Obama Bowing to the King crap where is the outrage at Trump bowing? They were both doing the same thing.

        The king places a Huge bribe around their necks? What did Ivanka Get?

        Do you even Know? Where is the outrage? It is the same as the HRC type of donations.

        $100 million from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

        The Swamp is fuller than ever

    • Chris says:

      I don’t see the problem. Of course, Trump condemned Michelle Obama for not covering in Saudi Arabia back when Obama was president.

      • TruthToPower says:

        there are so many moments Chris Replace Trmp with Obama in any video moment with Trump and tell me there would not be endless Republican outrage.

        Taking a moment to point out how ridiculous the last 8 years were. I had to stick up for Obama several times and he was not my fav. Too bought out for me.

  5. TruthToPower says:

    My fav part is watching the spin on this moment So Trump 101 Rooster tails and all

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/trump-appears-push-nato-leader-47640283

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