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In a pointed departure from his predecessor, the USA president all but promised he would not publicly admonish middle eastern rulers for human rights violations and oppressive reigns.
"I think that would be a bad abdication of our global leadership when it comes to advocating for people who are the subject of persecution, or imprisoned, or journalists that are thrown in jail, or people not allowed to practice their faith", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CNN.
The administration cast the deal as a renewal of USA commitment to the region, though numerous sales included in the agreement were approved by the Obama administration. He declared Islam "one of the world's great faiths".
The US President made the comments while addressing the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on Sunday.
But he said Middle Eastern countries must "honestly confront the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires". The Wall Street Journal reported that although the President's daughter proposed the fund, she does not control it or raise money for it.
"I think Islam hates us", Trump said during a CNN interview in March 2016. Both the original order and a second directive that dropped Iraq from the banned list have been blocked by the courts.
There was no evidence of fiery-candidate Trump during Sunday's speech. He heralded the ambitions of the region's youth and warned that the scourge of extremism could tarnish their future.
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Mr Trump offered few indications of whether he planned to shift U.S. policy to better-fight terrorism.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: "This new Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre will enhance existing tools and cooperation with partners in the Gulf to forcefully address evolving threats".
According to the Saudi kingdom's strict dress code, Saudi women who go out in public must wear the "abaya", a loose over-garment or robe, and many also hide their hair by wearing the "hijab", or Islamic headscarf. "Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth". White House officials has said he did not want to lecture, something they believe Obama did, unsuccessfully.
Abandoning some of the harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric of his presidential campaign, the draft of the speech, slated to be delivered in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, envisions new partnerships with America's traditional allies in the Middle East.
Mr Trump's remarks came in a meeting with dozens of regional leaders who gathered in Riyadh for a summit with the USA president and Saudi King Salman. He further accused Tehran of stoking the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.
The Saudis' warm embrace was a welcome change for the besieged White House. But Trump's offhand remark was another stark reminder that his troubles at home, including the investigation of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation and his firing of FBI Director James Comey, have followed him across the ocean.
Trump's welcome in the region was put on display during a series of individual meetings with Arab leaders.
His meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi underscored their burgeoning kinship. While Trump campaigned as a strident opponent of the nuclear deal, his administration is still reviewing whether to scrap the accord.
Citing the oil-rich nation's extensive record of human rights abuses, its all-powerful royal family's grip on the nation's finances and its abuse of women - who are forced to cover their faces, not allowed to drive and who must ask a male relative for permission to travel - Applebaum took Trump and his advisers to task on a number of points.