Trump slams Iran in first foreign speech


Ivanka Trump has been accused of nepotism and ignoring the plight of women in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates jointly pledged $134m (AUD) to her pet female empowerment project following high level diplomatic meetings.

But the eerie lighting made the trio look more like evil wizards or comic-book supervillains, social media users said.

The term "Islamist extremism" refers to Islamism as a political movement rather than Islam as a religion, a distinction that the Republican president had frequently criticized the administration of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, for making.

The speech in a gilded hall bedecked with chandeliers is part of an effort to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world after Trump frequently attacked Muslims on the campaign trail past year and tried to ban many from entering the US.

Trump's Riyadh visit kicked off his first presidential trip overseas, with Saudi Arabia the first stop on a nine-day journey through the Middle East and Europe.

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The US announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday as President Donald Trump visited Riyadh on his maiden foreign tour.

On Sunday, Israel authorized some economic concessions to the Palestinians that a Cabinet statement said "will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority after (Trump) who arrives tomorrow, asked to see some confidence building steps".

Israel considers the entire city to be its capital.

"There is still much work to be done". The low-profile Greenblatt, who spent about two decades as a lawyer at the Trump Organization before joining the White House, has traveled to the region twice since the inauguration and is in weekly contact with pivotal players from both sides.

"America is prepared to stand with you in pursuit of shared interests, but nations can't wait for American power to crush this enemy for them", he said. "This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a far greater role in security and operations having to do with security", Trump added. It has since gone through several revisions with input from Jared Kushner, national security advisor H.R. McMaster, and others.

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Naftali Bennett, leader of the nationalist Jewish Home Party, lamented "a kind of change in the spirit" of Trump's positions since he was elected in November.

While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump took office.

Speaking on Sunday from a podium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump didn't repeat his earlier claim that "Islam hates us".

"Saudi Arabia's progress, especially in recent years, is very encouraging", Trump's eldest daughter told a group of Saudi women she met in Riyadh while accompanying her father on a visit to the Muslim kingdom.

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