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Lucy Bush
June 5, 2017

"This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion - people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion".

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who said he first heard about the Women Entrepreneurs Fund when it was pitched to him by Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the program will only expand. "This is a battle between good and evil", he added. It has nothing to do with country.

While in Riyadh, Ivanka attended a roundtable of women led by Princess Reema bint Bandar, deputy president of the Women's Sports Authority, and praised Saudi Arabia for recent strides in empowering women, according to ABC News.

"Iran - fresh from real elections - attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation".

The US president flew to Israel on Monday after a two-day stay in Saudi Arabia, which he chose for his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

Trump singled out Iran as a key sponsor of militant groups, sending a tough message to Teheran the day after Hassan Rouhani won a second term as Iran's president.

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Over two days, Trump is to meet separately with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and visit holy sites.

"There is still much work to be done. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds".

Without naming Pakistan, he said, 'every country must ensure that terrorists don't find any sanctuary on their lands'.

"A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth".

Trump's trip had raised concerns because of his many inflammatory remarks during last year's presidential campaign using Islam as a foil to whip up his Republican base of support. Indeed, Trump and Salman were in lockstep on the threat Iran poses to the region when they addressed their fellow leaders: Trump accused Iran of "destruction and chaos" and the king said its rival "has been the spearhead of global terrorism".

In his speech, Trump said the agreements will "create many hundreds of thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia". They represent primarily Sunni states friendly to Saudi Arabia.

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Air Force One touched down earlier Saturday at the King Khalid airport in Riyadh, where Trump was greeted on a red carpet-bedecked tarmac by King Salman and other high-level Saudi officials.

Trump has openly espoused anti-Muslim sentiments.

President Donald Trump enthusiastically embraced Israel's leader. Trump's "America first" philosophy helped him win the 2016 election and has rattled allies who depend on USA support for their defense.

In his first keynote speech overseas, Trump sought to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world, and focused on his desire to curb Iran's influence in the region.

Trump was joined by first lady Melania Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump. While Trump campaigned as a strident opponent of the nuclear deal, his administration is still reviewing whether to scrap the accord.

Among the agreements was an arms deal worth nearly $110 billion with Saudi Arabia, described as the largest in USA history.

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Trump's welcome in the region was put on display during a series of individual meetings with Arab leaders.

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