Will Trump hit reset with Muslims?


The scandals besetting US President Donald Trump at home have no bearing on an increasingly close relationship with Saudi Arabia, a senior Saudi cabinet minister said on Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits down to a meeting with of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders, including Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R), during their summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017.

President Donald Trump is kicking off the second day of his first foreign trip overseas with a series of bilateral and group meetings with foreign leaders.

Mr Trump has also signed a $109.7 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a country that human rights campaigners and the United Nations accuse of repeatedly breaching worldwide law and committing war crimes.

Beyond his Muslim ban proposal and call to surveil USA mosques, Trump also said he was open to creating a database of Muslims in the U.S. - none of which he has disavowed.

Excerpts of the speech released by the White show Trump will talk to the leaders about doing "their fare share" in fighting the spread of terrorism. His attempt early in his presidency to ban people from seven Muslim-majority nations has been blocked by the courts.

Melania Trump embarked on Marine One at the White House on Friday in a high-waisted midi pencil skirt in orange leather with a front split, a cream crewneck sweater with bows at the cuffs and a pair of sky-high nude Manolos.

Mr Trump began his second day in Saudi Arabia with a meeting with the King of Bahrain.

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"Many of us sitting on the table are overseeing substantial investments in the United States", Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said.

"Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs".

Sitting next to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, Trump praised the Egyptian leader for what he said were successful efforts to fight terrorism under "trying circumstances".

During the presidential race, Trump criticized his Democratic adversary Hillary Clinton for taking money from Saudi Arabia and other countries int he region that "want women as slaves and to kill gays".

He has also accepted a visit to Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, has discussed "lots of lovely military equipment" with the Emir of Qatar and has praised the Emir of Kuwait for the nation's frequent purchases of USA military equipment.

Through a translator, el-Sissi said Trump "had a unique personality" that allowed him "to do the impossible".

Trump and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met Sunday morning in Riyadh in a bilateral meeting. He promised the king of Bahrain that ties will improve under his administration.

Reports have also emerged that Trump called Comey "a nut job" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation have identified a senior White House official as a "significant person of interest" in its probe of Russian meddling.