Donald Trump, Who Routinely Demonized Muslims, Tries To Soften Rhetoric On Islam

President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall Monday

"The stories of Saudi women, such as yourselves, catalysing change, inspire me to believe in the possibility of global women's empowerment", said Ivanka.

Israel also has expressed concern about the $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia that Trump announced Saturday in Riyadh.

Trump's team also hopes his speech will shift attention away from the self-inflicted crises the administration has encountered over the past week ― from Trump's firing of James Comey as FBI director over the bureau's Russia investigation to the president revealing highly sensitive information about the fight against Islamic State militants to Russian officials.

Trump's first overseas trip as president comes as the dynamics between the United States and the region's players are moving in unexpected directions.

Friedman attended a celebration Sunday with Netanyahu of Israel's capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, days after the White House declined to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area.

"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.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right and US President Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Mr Trump, wearing a black skullcap, became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall on Monday.

Netanyahu said that U.S.

The meeting on the second day of Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, part of his first foreign tour since taking office, came hours before the USA president is scheduled to address an Arab Islamic American Summit.

He touched it in prayer and, adhering to tradition, placed a note in a deep crevice. He toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb. On Tuesday, he is set to meet with Palestinian lead Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum.

Muslim nations must take on the burden of defeating terrorism, he also said.

Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations.

"But we need two willing parties", he said then.

Arms deals and intentions alone announced on Saturday totalled some US$110 billion (RM475.2 billion), in what would be the largest arms package in U.S. history.

Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations. Even the White House press corps making the trip on a separate plane from Riyadh to Tel Aviv had to make a technical stop in Cyprus before proceeding to Israel.

Gulf Arab countries long have been suspicious about Iran, whether that's the United Arab Emirates' long-running dispute over Iran seizing several Persian Gulf islands from it in 1971 to Bahrain's simmering anger over a 1981 coup attempt it blamed on the newly formed Islamic Republic.

While Israeli officials cheered Trump's election, some are now wary of the tougher line he has taken on settlements: urging restraint but not calling for a full halt to construction.

Some lawmakers in both parties raised concerns with Trump's reluctance to publicly vouch for US values in places where people are persecuted.

On Sunday, Israel authorised 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".



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