Lesser always bows to greater
May 20, 2017
President Trump upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday did not bow to the Gulf leader as former President and Muslim Brotherhood member Barack Obama did — a move interpreted as American weakness.
President Trump formally greeted in Saudi Arabia
Melania Trump went without a headscarf as she arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday with her husband.
The first lady wore long sleeves and pants in keeping with the strict dress code that Saudi Arabia enforces for its female citizens but she did not cover her head. Her long hair blew freely in the breeze as she stepped off Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in the capital city of Riyadh.
President Trump receives Saudi gold medal
President Trump & King Salman Sign New US/Saudi Agreements (FULL CEREMONY)
LIVE: President Donald Trump Speech in Saudi Arabia with King Salman and Deputy Crown Prince
President Donald Trump signed a deal with Saudi Arabia, kicking off nearly $110 billion worth of investments into military equipment.
“That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States,” Trump said after the signing ceremony to reporters. “Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman signed a joint strategic declaration, reassuring the relationship between the two countries, and financial agreements on defense, technology, and energy.
According to the White House, the agreement will help Saudi Arabia face the threat of Iran and fight terrorism in the Middle East as well as support new jobs in the defense industry. The deal is expected to include $350 billion in investments over ten years
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the deal would create hundreds of thousands of jobs during a press conference with reporters.
“Strong economic relationships are the foundation for security relationships as well,” he said, adding that the new deal “sends a strong message to our common enemies.”
Trump was welcomed warmly by the Saudi’s, who awarded him the highest medal of honor in the kingdom for his efforts to “strengthen the relationship between the two friendly countries” and continuing his effort “to enhance security and peace” in the world.
During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump previewed his overseas trip and said, “our partners must show that they’re partners, they must show that they’re friends, and they must contribute financially to the tremendous cost – the money that we’re spending – is so big; it’s so much; and it’s not fair for our nation. They have to help and I’m sure they will.”
Transcript as Follows:
“My fellow Americans,
This weekend I begin my first trip overseas as president – a trip with historic significance for the American people.
I will be visiting with the leaders in many different countries to strengthen our old friendships, build new partnerships, and unite the civilized world in a fight against terrorism.
In that spirit of unity, I will travel to lands associated with three of the world’s great religions.
My first stop will be Saudi Arabia – the heart of the Muslim World. There, I will address a historic gathering of the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations. I will represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly.
Many of these leaders have expressed growing concern about terrorism, the spread of radicalization, and Iran’s role in funding both. Now it appears Muslim leaders are ready to take more responsibility and a much bigger role in fighting terrorism in their region. It’s about time we do it, we’ll do it together, but it has to be done.
America cannot solve all of the world’s problems, but we can – and we must – help any nation willing to join in the common cause of eradicating terrorism from the face of the earth.
Next, I’ll travel to the ancient city of Jerusalem to talk with my good friend, Prime Minister Netanyahu, about bringing peace and prosperity to both our nations. Israel is an important American ally, but in recent years we haven’t always treated them that way. It’s time to renew our friendship.
While I’m there, I’ll also meet with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem to discuss ways to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
From there, I’ll head to the Vatican, where I will have the great honor of an audience with Pope Francis. I look forward to speaking with the Pope about how Christian teachings can help put the world on a path to justice, freedom, and peace.
I will also meet with friends and allies in Europe at a gathering of NATO in Brussels and at the G-7 Summit in Italy. Finally, I will close my trip by saying thank you to some of the courageous men and women of the United State Military serving their nation overseas.
In my Inaugural Address, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, to seek new partners in pursuit of peace, and above all – to always put American people first.
I also pledged that our partners must show that they’re partners, they must show that they’re friends, and they must contribute financially to the tremendous cost – the money that we’re spending – is so big; it’s so much; and it’s not fair for our nation. They have to help and I’m sure they will. The fact is that I’m excited about new possibilities for peace and prosperity – and I hope you are too.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”
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US-SAUDI ARABIA SEAL WEAPONS DEAL WORTH NEARLY $110 BILLION IMMEDIATELY, $350 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS
“Largest single arms deal in US history, negotiating a package totaling more than $109.7 billion”
May 20, 2017 by Javier E. David | CNBC
The United States has sealed an arms deal to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced on Saturday, a move that solidifies its decades-long alliance with the world’s largest energy producer just as President Donald Trump begins an official visit to the country.
The agreement, which is worth $350 billion over 10 years and $110 billion that will take effect immediately, was hailed by the White House as “a significant expansion of…[the] security relationship” between the two countries.
The arms package represents an enhancement of Saudi Arabia’s military capabilities as tensions flare in the region, with the U.S. viewing the Saudis as a linchpin in efforts to check the global ambitions of Iran. The country, the hub of Islam’s most revered sites, but is also a target of radical Islamic extremism.