Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

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Urging Muslim leaders to do more to fight extremism, the US President said, "The nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them".

According to the memorandum, the centre is dedicated to cut funding for terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda, the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Afghan Taliban and its Haqqani network, among other groups.

"(H) ere is a list, for the record", she said, "of just a few of the ways in which President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia was freaky, unseemly, unethical and un-American". Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared the site part of Israel, while U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday dodged the question.

He appealed to Muslim nations to ensure that "terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil" and announced an agreement with Gulf countries to fight financing for extremists.

"A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists.

That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds", he said in his speech. "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", the president said.

It's a far cry from Trump's campaign rhetoric that accused Muslims of hating America - even repeating unfounded claims that hundreds of Arabs cheered the destruction of the World Trade Center from across the river on 9/11.

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Iran lambastedTrump had special criticism for Iran, which just saw reformist President Hassan Rouhani re-elected, saying the country has "for decades. fuelled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

The normally austere kingdom has put on a major display for the visit, with the streets of Riyadh lined with USA and Saudi flags and billboards featuring Trump and King Salman.

It remains to be seen whether Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations whose religious schools have been churning out Islamist radicals can now stop the monster they've helped create and finance.

Saturday's capstone was the signing of a $110 billion arms deal between the two countries, an agreement brokered primarily by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump's welcome in the region was put on display during a series of individual meetings with Arab leaders. Trump offered nothing but praise for al-Sissi.

Trump, wearing a yarmulke, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall. Bahrain is home to the US fleet in the Middle East. Officials spent the days before Trump's departure dealing with a steady stream of revelations about the federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and the fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

A White House official blamed Trump's fatigue for the switch. Trump had promised to scrap it.

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