Are you sure you want to delete this post?
TrumpNew York Times, May 18, 2017: Saudi Arabia, Ignoring Trump’s Slights, Will Give Him a Royal Welcome
Saudi Arabia is going all out for Trump's visit giving him the red carpet treatment. They have invited 37 heads of state and at least six prime ministers to an “Arab Islamic American Summit”. Absent from the list are Iran's and Syria's leaders.
Along with King Salman, Trump will inaugurate and give a speech about Islam at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. Trump will also deliver the keynote address at a conference about social media.
An international counterterrorism conference is planned, also a forum for chief executives, an art exhibition inside the Royal Court and a concert featuring the American country musician Toby Keith.
As the NYT notes, "The number of events scheduled throughout the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Saturday and Sunday is staggering, as the Saudis seek to project their country as a dynamic place, a leader in the Arab and Islamic worlds and a close ally of the United States. The Stars and Stripes are flying in Riyadh’s streets, intermixed with Saudi flags."
My opinion is that the Saudi's know how to play to Trump's big ego. Not only all the fanfare about Trump, but also a message of "anti-Obama". “Any new president has to be better than President Obama, because no one was worse for us than Obama,” said Salman al-Dossary, a writer for the Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.
How can Trump ignore that...they pretend to love him and they hate Obama.
I can pretty well guess that the Saudis will get everything they want from Trump out of this visit. And Trump will be beaming from all the adulation. Kind of sick.