In draft of speech, Donald Trump using softer language about Islam

In draft of speech, Donald Trump using softer language about Islam

In draft of speech, Donald Trump using softer language about Islam

"I would also like to mention that we have an active Saudi-American Friendship Committee in the Shoura Council that aims and strives to further strengthen the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the USA, and enhance the understanding between the two counties", she said.

"He will encourage our Arab and Muslim partners to take bold, new steps to promote peace and to confront those, from ISIS to Al-Qaeda... who perpetuate chaos and violence that has inflicted so much suffering throughout the Muslim world and beyond", said Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

The White House said this is not a final draft and it could change leading up to Sunday's speech.

At a later ceremony at the grand Saudi Royal Court, the king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud, the nation's highest civilian honor, around Trump's neck. A military brass band played, cannons boomed and seven Saudi jets flew over in V-formation, trailing red, white and blue smoke.

Mr Trump was largely kept away from reporters during a busy day of meetings and ceremonies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The eight-day trip will also see him go to attend the NATO Summit in Belgium and the G-7 Summit of major industrial nations, to be held in Italy.

President Donald Trump arrived in the Middle East on Saturday, touching down in Saudi Arabia to begin his first trip overseas, a visit aimed at forging stronger alliances to combat terrorism while seeking to push past the series of controversies threatening to engulf his young administration. The ballot was attended by people from all walks of life, including Iranian Sunni citizens, who Saudi Arabia believes have a lot of influence.

On Friday, a report by The Washington Post that the probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties had identified a "significant person of interest" in the White House undercut Trump's insistence his election bid had nothing to do with the Kremlin.

For Riyadh the visit is an opportunity to rebuild ties with a key ally, which were strained under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.

The New York Times reported that Mr Trump called Mr Comey "a real nut job" while discussing the ongoing investigation with two Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month.

United States media has also reported Trump telling Russian officials that firing Comey eased "great pressure" on him.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in an interview with the Saudi MBC network around three weeks ago made a series of threats against Iran.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that an unidentified senior Trump adviser was being considered a "person of interest" in the investigation. Billboards featuring images of Trump and the king dotted the highways of Riyadh, emblazoned with the motto "Together we prevail". In addition, Comey agreed to testify at an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee in the near future, the panel said.

In Riyadh, a five-story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he is staying at. White House aides view the address as a counter to Obama's 2009 speech to the Muslim world, which Trump criticized as too apologetic for US actions in the region.

When Mrs. Obama visited with her husband in January 2015, her flouting of the custom was seen by some as a sign of disrespect to her hosts. The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology.

Trump will hold talks with leaders in the ultra-conservative kingdom later Saturday and is to give a speech on "hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam" to some 50 Arab and Muslim leaders on Sunday.

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