Trump’s trip to several Arab countries while meeting up with world’s leaders had started first with Saudi Arabia. This trip aims at improving the relationship with the Muslim regions.
Accompanied by his wife and daughter, Trump stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh where he met up with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as well as the Amir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
Meeting up with Bahrain, Qatar and Egypt
The president also showed “a press conference in about two weeks” in which he plans to discuss “how well we are doing” in the battle against ISIS.
The president started talking about the kingdom of Bahrain first. Bahrain has struggled since authorities crushed the protests in 2011 by Shiites asking for a bigger part in running the country. Bahrain is Saudi-led coalition’s partner into fighting Iranian rebels in Yemen.
“Our countries have a wonderful relationship together but it’s been a little strained, but it won’t be strained under this administration,” Trump said.
Before meeting up with Qatar, Trump remarked the two countries may negotiate a potential arms deal.
“One of the things that we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States,” he stated. “First that means jobs. It also means frankly great security back here which we want.”
Trump’s Future Plans
As for Egypt, Trump stated he will visit the nation soon but didn’t set a date.
El-Sissi had recently visited Washington where he met with Trump. The Egyptian President described Trump as “a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible,” prompting laughter from the room.
Trump will address the Muslim community in the world on Sunday. It is a speech which National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, described as an “inspiring, but direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology.”