On Sunday, President Trump spoke in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, about the challenges facing Islam today. In his speech, Trump appeared to be open to partnerships with the Islamic world, a marked shift from his previous rhetoric concerning Islam. He also announced that his policies toward the region would be governed by “principled realism,” to be […]
The optics of Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where he addressed dozens of leaders from Arab and Muslim majority countries, suggested a dramatic departure for American Middle East policy. The reality is far more prosaic. Trump outlined a highly conventional U.S. Middle East policy focused on cooperation with traditional regional allies against Iran and […]
What was he expecting?
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I hope there’s video.
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Like many great ideas, this will probably prove a lot harder to pull off than is imagined
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