Trump Tells Middle East to 'Drive Out' Islamist Extremists

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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.

"From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region", Trump said.

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His speech sought to rally Islamic leaders behind a renewed push to tackle extremism, with Trump urging religious leaders to condemn violence and governments of Muslim countries to make further efforts to end support for extremists. "Drive them out of your communities".

First Lady Melania Trump and the United States president's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump have praised Saudi Arabia for its "encouraging" progress with regards to women's rights.

Ivanka was invited to participate by Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar, a retail executive, divorced mother and social activist who is one of the main voices for women's rights in a conservative country. Trump's "America first" philosophy helped him win the 2016 election and has rattled allies who depend on U.S. support for their defense.

In a statement following the meeting, Trump addressed his meetings the previous day with Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, and said that there is growing realization that they share a "common cause with you" in their determination to defeat extremism and deter "the threat posed by Iran".

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Introducing Trump, Saudi King Salman described Teheran as a mutual foe and a source of terrorism they must confront together. He is on a nine-day trip through the Middle East and Europe that ends on Saturday after visits to the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.

"I think there's a great deal that's misunderstood about the Muslim world", he said.

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. They represent primarily Sunni states friendly to Saudi Arabia.

There was no evidence of fiery-candidate Trump during Sunday's speech. He's been besieged by a series of revelations about the ongoing federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

For Trump, the visit has been a welcome escape from the crush of controversies that have consumed his administration in recent weeks.

On his maiden foreign tour since taking office in January, Trump is already showing signs of fatigue from a packed schedule.

White House aides had hoped Trump's ambitious foreign swing would provide relief from a barrage of bad headlines. Trump had promised to scrap it.

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