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23 мая, 01:11

A Trump Tweet For Every Occasion

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― There is a game that critics of Donald Trump like to play on Twitter. After each successive revelation or major development concerning his administration, people resurface his old tweets as a commentary on the pile of contradictions that is the Trump presidency. The veritable gold mine of information found on Trump’s Twitter page is a gift that truly keeps on giving ― offering detractors ample opportunity to note his hypocrisy at home and abroad. “Trump is like Hallmark cards. There’s an old tweet to celebrate every occasion,” GOP strategist and CNN commentator Ana Navarro tweeted over the weekend, after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged to donate $100 million to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs that was proposed by Ivanka Trump. When former national security adviser Michael Flynn announced Monday he would invoke his the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination amid the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, critics highlighted statements Trump and his aides made about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the IRS scandal of 2013, and Bill Cosby. I am no fan of Bill Cosby but never-the-less some free advice - if you are innocent, do not remain silent. You look guilty as hell!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2014 Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team "were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information." Not fit!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2016 why do u take the 5th if you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide? #IRS— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) May 22, 2013 Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two. https://t.co/UcSmSA5aTj— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 29, 2016 When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing https://t.co/SIoAxatCjp— Sarah Huckabee (@SarahHuckabee) November 3, 2016 Trump in 2012 called on former President Barack Obama to appoint an “independent counsel” to investigate leaks emanating from his administration. Last week, however, the president denounced the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russia’s alleged meddling in the election, calling it a “witch hunt.” It is terrible that @BarackObama did not appoint an independent counsel to investigate the national security leaks. No accountability.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2012 The Justice Department's investigation into the national security leaks is not independent. This is a very grave situation.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2012 In 2014, Trump remarked that Obama appeared “exhausted,” and later boasted about his own stamina as “one of my greatest assets.” Obama looks exhausted and beaten. He was never made or prepared for the job. Like it or not, he doesn't have "it"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2014 I consider my health, stamina and strength one of my greatest assets.The world has watched me for many years and can so testify-great genes!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2015 But Trump’s stamina didn’t fare too well during his first trip abroad over the weekend. A White House official said the president was “exhausted” on Sunday when he dropped out of an event at the last minute in Saudi Arabia, the first stop of his trip to the Middle East and Europe.  Trump regularly criticized the Obama administration for failing to stand up to Saudi Arabia, taking issue with the “absolute fortune” the U.S. has spent to protect the Middle Eastern country. Tell Saudi Arabia and others that we want (demand!) free oil for the next ten years or we will not protect their private Boeing 747s.Pay up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2014 No surprise Saudis turned down spot on UN Security Council. They don’t want responsibility. Just have us do their heavy lifting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2013 If Saudi Arabia, which has been making one billion dollars a day from oil, wants our help and protection, they must pay dearly! NO FREEBIES.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2015 Saudi Arabia should fight their own wars, which they won't, or pay us an absolute fortune to protect them and their great wealth-$ trillion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2014 Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected. #Trump2016— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015 Prior to the president’s arrival there, however, Trump’s administration announced it had sealed a $110 billion arms deal ― the largest in American history ― between the U.S. and Saudi King Salman’s government. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, reportedly intervened to negotiate a lower price on a missile system for Saudi Arabia by personally phoning the CEO of Lockheed Martin. In 2015, before he announced he was running for president, Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf over her hair during a trip to Saudi Arabia.  Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted.We have enuf enemies— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2015 But when Trump and his family visited the Islamic nation this weekend, first lady Melania Trump did the same thing. Trump regularly fumed at Obama and Clinton on Twitter for refusing to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” accusing them of being overly politically correct. Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016 When will President Obama issue the words RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM? He can't say it, and unless he will, the problem will not be solved!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2015 Hillary won't call out radical Islam! She will be soundly defeated.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015 Yet in a major speech in Riyadh over the weekend, Trump softened his rhetoric on Islam and offered praise for a religion he once said hated America. “We are not here to lecture. We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” he said. After Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons last month, Twitter users tweaked the president for not seeking congressional authorization for the military action ― as he once called for during Obama’s administration: The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2013 Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012 Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2013 AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013 Like his predecessor, Trump hasn’t had much luck halting North Korea’s missile launches. In fact, its leader Kim Jong Un on Monday ordered mass production of a medium-range ballistic missile. Yet, in 2012, Trump tweeted: We can’t even stop the Norks from blasting a missile. China is laughing at us. It is really sad.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2012 Trump also attacked Obama over the issue of transparency, criticizing the former president for refusing to release records. Obama thinks he can just laugh off the fact that he refuses to release his records to the American public. He can't.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 Why does Obama believe he shouldn't comply with record releases that his predecessors did of their own volition? Hiding something?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2012 Why is @BarackObama spending millions to try and hide his records? He is the least transparent President--ever--and he ran on transparency.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2012 Trump’s administration, however, refuses to make records of visitors to the White House available to the public. Moreover, the president has yet to release his tax returns ― a tradition followed by every presidential nominee in the last 40 years. Perhaps the most egregious case of hypocrisy surrounding Trump centers on the game of golf. Trump constantly criticized Obama for spending his weekends playing golf, but so far during his presidency, he has spent far more time on the golf course. Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014 Obama should play golf with Republicans & opponents rather than his small group of friends. That way maybe the terrible gridlock would end.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2012 Wish I could be on the golf course but have to work - must be nice to be President— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) July 29, 2012 The pace of earth-shattering revelations over the Russia investigations and the firing of former FBI director James Comey, in particular, prompted some Twitter users last week to resurface old Trump tweets in which he expressed concern over the direction the nation was headed. One tweet even floated impeachment ― a subject the president’s lawyers are now researching in the unlikely event of attempts to remove him from office. Just shows that you can have all the cards and lose if you don’t know what you’re doing.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2013 I wonder what the next scandal will be in D.C.? Can we handle yet another?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2013 Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble...like never before.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012 It's almost like the United States has no President - we are a rudderless ship heading for a major disaster. Good luck everyone!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2014 Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2014 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 мая, 23:43

Dow Chemical Inks Coatings, Silicones Deals in Saudi Arabia

Dow Chemical (DOW) inked two agreements that will help it to advance innovation and strategic agenda in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The deals will bring state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies to KSA.

22 мая, 16:40

Sharjah Entities Sign Gas Deal

The Sharjah National Oil Corporation (Snoc), and the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) have signed a full gas sales agreement under which Snoc will supply imported LNG to Sewa for power generation, official Emirates News Agency reported May 20. Snoc with its German joint venture partner...

22 мая, 16:03

Saudi, UAE pledge US$100 mln to Ivanka Trump womens' fund

SAUDI Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged US$100 million to a women's business fund supported by Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president who Monday wound up a visit to Riyadh. World Bank

22 мая, 15:29

OPEC’S CRISIS: Iraq needs money, so it produces an extra 80,000 barrels of oil a day. But non-compli…

OPEC’S CRISIS: Iraq needs money, so it produces an extra 80,000 barrels of oil a day. But non-compliance (cheating) by cartel members isn’t OPEC’s biggest strategic problem. Brent crude tumbled below $50 a barrel this month as data showed U.S. shale producers were alive and kicking, confounding OPEC’s efforts to control the supply glut. While […]

22 мая, 02:55

Trump's Riyadh Speech: Bowing to the Saudi Regime

Paul R. Pillar Politics, Middle East The speech conveyed a very crude and simplistic explanation of terrorism and political violence in the Middle East. The bar for Donald Trump’s speech in Riyadh had been set so low that it was scraping the sand.  How much could be expected from a notorious exploiter of Islamophobia speaking to a gathering of leaders of majority Muslim countries?  Getting through the experience without causing major new damage should perhaps be considered a success.  Perhaps Trump and his speechwriters were wise not to attempt anything more.  The Hippocratic principle applies: first do no (more) harm. Most Muslims hearing the speech, especially the more knowledgeable ones who have followed Trump’s candidacy and presidency, know his qualities, know he is capable of delivering a scripted speech without falling on his face, and are unlikely to have had the speech change any of their perceptions of Trump, his administration, or the United States.  They will not be surprised, once Trump is back in Washington, to hear of more exploitation of Islamophobia regarding travel bans or something else. Trump’s speech evidently was crafted to appeal to a very narrow audience: the Saudi regime, along with some similar ruling brethren in places such as the United Arab Emirates, while coloring the appeal with some distinctively Trumpian touches.  The kind of compliments that had pride of place in the speech—up near the front, along with Trump’s usual and inevitable assertions about how back home he had “created almost a million new jobs” and “lifted the burdens on American industry”—focused on glitz: the “grandeur” of the conference hall, the Saudis’ “soaring achievements in architecture,” and the UAE’s having reached “incredible heights with glass and steel”.  These are not the sorts of observations likely to have much resonance with the man on the street in Riyadh, let alone the streets of countless other majority Muslim cities.  The narrowness of the appeal in the speech exacerbated the narrowness in the selection of Saudi Arabia as the place for a first presidential visit that was supposedly representative of an entire religion.  Certainly there will be little positive resonance among the whole Shia branch of Islam. Read full article

22 мая, 02:03

Trump Touched A Glowing Orb In Saudi Arabia And Folks Found It Just A Bit Odd

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia has been fraught with controversy, from a potentially-illegal $110 billion arms deal, to his shifting rhetoric on Islam, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ massive donation to Ivanka Trump’s “women’s empowerment” fund. It was already a lot for any news consumer to take in. And then came the orb. @KingSalman and @POTUS inaugurate The Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. #RiyadhSummit pic.twitter.com/do6cFL7wBW— Saudi Embassy (@SaudiEmbassyUSA) May 21, 2017 On Sunday, the Saudi Embassy tweeted a photo showing Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi with their hands on a basketball-sized glowing orb. The embassy wrote that the men were there to “inaugurate The Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh.” Placing their hands on the luminescent globe was a symbolic gesture for a video about the new center, according to the Saudi Gazette. However, the evil sorcerer aesthetic of the three men cast in shadows, their faces lit by the glowing orb in between them, was too much for the good people of Twitter to handle without comment. Wow, Trump just hasn't been the same since he touched that orb pic.twitter.com/qWLNNVk6Cp— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) May 21, 2017 Not googling this and just assuming Trump has gone full Saruman evil wizard. pic.twitter.com/l3xenG5BQ0— Nick Amadeus (@NickAmadeus) May 21, 2017 Trump During the Campaign: "I will NEVER touch The Orb, even though its mysterious glow seduces and beguiles."Trump Today: pic.twitter.com/eWoaDeXj8n— Nick Greene (@NickGreene) May 21, 2017 “When you’re a star, they let you grab 'em by the orb" pic.twitter.com/9gLsYhCOyw— Heben Nigatu (@heavenrants) May 21, 2017 I bet that glowing orb sucked all his energy. Sad! https://t.co/Bx5XZaWUu0— Andrew Ridgway (@decrystallized) May 21, 2017 Food $200Data $150Rent $800Orb $3,600Utility $150someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. my family is dying— that guy (@kyle_petreycik) May 21, 2017 just some billionaires gathering in the dark and holding a glowing orb. probably fine— jon hendren (@fart) May 21, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 мая, 21:21

President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived. You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens. Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine. I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith. In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust. Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world. Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God. And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce. For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today. Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia. This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations. We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond. Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World. This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership. I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you. America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism. Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples. God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world. But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it. Few nations have been spared its violent reach. America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando. The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims. But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence. Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim. We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure. The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams. The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity. This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock. Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture. Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage. All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art. The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home. But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God. This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between Good and Evil. When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy. But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden. Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land. America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and 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. For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests. Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention. We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals. Above all, America seeks peace – not war. Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion. The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil. Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country. As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements. I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered. I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah. Of course, there is still much work to do. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED. And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development. The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism. I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions. That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities. For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope. In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them. But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran. 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. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated. Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror. Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve. The decisions we make will affect countless lives. King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world. This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence. We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice. Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time. Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have. The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring. Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear. These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples. I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL. Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.

21 мая, 21:00

Saudi Arabia, UAE Donate $100 Million To Women’s Fund Proposed By Ivanka Trump

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21 мая, 20:34

Full transcript: Trump's speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

President Donald Trump's remarks as prepared for delivery. Thank you. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived. You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens. Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine. I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith. In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust. Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world. Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God. And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce. For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today. Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia. This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations. We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond. Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World. This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership. I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you. America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism. Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples. With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world. But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it. Few nations have been spared its violent reach. America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando. The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims. But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence. Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim. We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure. The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams. The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity. This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock. Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture. Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage. All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art. The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home. But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God. This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between Good and Evil. When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy. But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden. Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land. America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and 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. For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests. Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention. We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals. Above all, America seeks peace – not war. Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion. The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil. Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country. As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements. I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered. I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah. Of course, there is still much work to do. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED. And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development. The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism. I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions. That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities. For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope. In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them. But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran. 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. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated. Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror. Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve. The decisions we make will affect countless lives. King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world. This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence. We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice. Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time. Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have. The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring. Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear. These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples. I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL. Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.

21 мая, 20:28

Trump's Speech on Islam, Annotated

In an address full of religious references, the American president avoided the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."

21 мая, 20:28

Trump's Speech on Islam, Annotated

In an address full of religious references, the American president avoided the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."

21 мая, 20:16

President Donald J. Trump's Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit.  I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived. You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people.  Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries.  King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens. Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours.  I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine. I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope.  That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith. In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust. Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.  Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.  And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect.  To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce. For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today. Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you.  My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia. This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies.  This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.   We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond. Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.  This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.  I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you. America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together.  But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism. Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred.  And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples. With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed.   At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world. But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it. Few nations have been spared its violent reach. America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando. The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims.  But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence.  Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim. We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure. The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead.  It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams. The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity.  This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.   Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture. Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage. All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art. The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz.  The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30.  Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home. But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence.  There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it.  Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.  If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God. This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.  This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between Good and Evil.  When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy. But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden. Terrorism has spread across the world.  But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land. America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.  The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and 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. For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts.  We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment.  We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.   Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption.  We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology.  We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking.  And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention. We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals.  Above all, America seeks peace – not war. Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion. The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.  Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.  Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner.  Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country. As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.  I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council.  It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered. I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah.  Of course, there is still much work to do. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity.  If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED. And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them.  Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.   The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism.  I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees.  The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies.  Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions. That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities.  For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope. In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths.  If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them. But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran. 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. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria.  Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated. Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.  Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.   The decisions we make will affect countless lives. King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world. This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise.  But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence. We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice.  Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time. Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have. The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring. Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear. These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples. I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL. Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.

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TRUMP on the ‘battle between good and evil’ -- Egypt reset continues, WH planning trip -- WOODWARD byline on WaPo Pentagon investigation -- SNL last night -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAY: Mosheh Oinounou

Good Sunday morning. ‘BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL’ -- Here are some bites from President Donald Trump’s speech today in Saudi Arabia -- from the pool. “OUR FRIENDS will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention. … “America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture -- we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. …“America is prepared to stand with you -- in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. … “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory -- piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.” SUNDAY BEST -- SEN. MARCO RUBIO shoots back in an interview with JAKE TAPPER on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Jake asked him to respond to Trump’s “we are not here to lecture” line. TAPPER: “Senator, frankly, I cannot imagine you ever saying anything like that when standing in a country like Saudi Arabia. Are you concerned at all about the president seemingly abdicating the very public role of the United States in standing up to for democracy and human rights?” RUBIO: “Well, I mean, yes, that would not have been a part of a speech that I would have delivered, for the reason that I think it's in our national security interest to advocate for democracy and freedom and human rights, now, with a recognition that you may not get it overnight. There needs to be a period of transition. And I think, further in that speech, they talk about gradual improvements in places, which I think is wise and pragmatic.”RUBIO on TRUMP on CBS’s “Face the Nation”: “I don’t understand why people are that shocked; this president ran a very unconventional campaign. I was there for a big part of it at the beginning alongside being one of his competitors. And that’s what the American people voted for and in essence, this White House is not much different from the campaign. We -- people got what they voted for; they elected him. Obviously, it’s in the best interest of this country to help him succeed. As far as the drama’s concerned, yeah it’s unique. It’s different from anything we’ve confronted. I think our job remains to do our work. We’ll have to deal with these issues. These issues come up, these questions, every single day. And I do think the White House would benefit from some systems in place that perhaps avoid some of the unnecessary friction points that come up on a daily basis.”During a bilateral meeting with Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, PRESIDENT TRUMP said he’ll have a news conference in two weeks to let people know how the U.S. is doing in its fight against ISIS, per NYT’s Mike Shear, one of today’s poolers. ANNIE KARNI in Riyadh: “Trump plans Middle East return — to Egypt”: “President Donald Trump, a homebody by nature who spent five months in office before making his first trip abroad, said Sunday that he is planning a return trip to the Middle East, to visit Egypt. ‘We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,’ Trump said of an upcoming trip to Egypt, during a bilateral meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the Ritz Hotel in Riyadh. The visit would mark the latest step in a major reset in American relations with Egypt — and a tighter embrace by the Trump administration of the authoritarian regime.” http://politi.co/2rEHBvA -- IN THE MEETING Trump also commented on Sisi’s shoes. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man,” Trump said. See a pic via Jen Jacobs of one of his shoes http://bit.ly/2qKxLIH TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 THE FAMILY -- “Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund,” by WSJ’s Carol Lee in Riyadh: “[A]t an event with Ivanka Trump ... Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates [are pledging] $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses ... The money for the bank’s proposed Women Entrepreneurs Fund would be aimed at women in the Middle East ... [T]he fund’s goal [is] helping women start and run successful businesses by easing their access to finance, markets and networks.” http://on.wsj.com/2rqaUVAANNIE’S LOOKAHEAD TO JERUSALEM from Riyadh: “Can Jason Greenblatt Deliver Peace for Donald Trump? The trusted Trump Organization negotiator is charged with figuring out how to deliver ‘the ultimate deal’”: “Greenblatt is the rare, old-school, Trump loyalist in a work environment where many of Trump’s top advisers are newcomers who date back only as far as his 2016 campaign. He reports directly to senior adviser Jared Kushner, and functions outside of the competing spheres of influence in the West Wing. ... In his previous life, the soft-spoken, sharp listener taught a class at Yeshiva University, entitled ‘The Anatomy of a Real Estate Deal,’ which was capped off with a field trip to Trump Tower.” With cameos by Josh Raffel, Jeremy Bash, Dennis Ross, Elliott Abrams, Martin Indyk http://politi.co/2qLiHus TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 TOP TWEETS -- @maggieNYT: “Priebus is said to be leaving the traveling White House caravan early, returning this week instead of staying the full foreign trip.” … @Acosta: “Tillerson dances at dinner for POTUS and King Salman in Saudi Arabia” http://bit.ly/2r5B401 … @anniekarni: “Spicer has landed.” http://bit.ly/2pYQcfr … Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen): “Country star @TobyKeithMusic with Saudi musician @RabehSaqer in Riyadh last night for an audience of hundreds of Saudi men (and no women).” http://bit.ly/2qEpebT ... @NYTBen: “An audience of Saudi men listening politely to country music in Riyadh.” http://bit.ly/2rF8vnp ARTICLE OF THE DAY -- NYT, A1 -- “Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations,” by Mark Mazzetti, Adam Goldman, Mike Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo: “The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. “Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved. “But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building -- a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A. Still others were put in jail. All told, the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the C.I.A.’s sources in China, according to two former senior American officials, effectively unraveling a network that had taken years to build.” http://nyti.ms/2rqPsQaBOB WOODWARD BYLINE! -- “At the Pentagon, overpriced fuel sparks allegations — and denials -- of a slush fund,” by WaPo’s Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward: “The Pentagon has generated almost $6 billion over the past seven years by charging the armed forces excessive prices for fuel and has used the money — called the ‘bishop’s fund’ by some critics — to bolster mismanaged or underfunded military programs, documents show. “Since 2015, the Defense Department has tapped surpluses from its fuel accounts for $80 million to train Syrian rebels, $450 million to shore up a prescription-drug program riddled with fraud and $1.4 billion to cover unanticipated expenses from the war in Afghanistan, according to military accounting records. The Pentagon has amassed the extra cash by billing the armed forces for fuel at rates often much higher -- sometimes $1 per gallon or more -- than what commercial airlines paid for jet fuel on the open market.” http://wapo.st/2rFOagI THE SPECIAL COUNSEL -- “Russia meeting revelation could trigger obstruction investigation,” by Josh Meyer: “The new special counsel investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia is just getting started — and it could take years to resolve. But Trump’s Oval Office boast to Russian officials May 10 about why he fired FBI Director James Comey will almost certainly trigger a more immediate, and potentially perilous, legal development: an obstruction of justice investigation into whether the president intentionally engaged in a cover-up that warrants the filing of criminal charges, current and former Justice Department officials say.” http://politi.co/2q5OIMt THE INVESTIGATION -- “House Inquiry Turns Attention to Trump Campaign Worker With Russia Ties,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Michael Caputo, who served as a communications adviser to the Trump campaign, has been asked by the House committee investigating Russian election meddling to submit to a voluntary interview and to provide any documents he may have that are related to the inquiry. “The House Intelligence Committee … made its request in a letter on May 9. Mr. Caputo, who lives near Buffalo and spent six months on the Trump team, worked in Russia during the 1990s and came to know Kremlin officials. He also did work in the early 2000s for Gazprom Media, a Russian conglomerate that supported President Vladimir V. Putin.” http://nyti.ms/2q6bmUR FOR YOUR RADAR -- “North Korea fires midrange missile in its latest test,” by AP’s Kim Tong-Hyung in Seoul: “North Korea fired a medium-range missile on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile before it landed into the sea.” http://apne.ws/2qKRIiu -- “Exclusive: North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West,” by Reuters’ Ju-min Park and James Pearson in Seoul: “North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts. North Korea has been blamed in recent years for a series of online attacks, mostly on financial networks, in the United States, South Korea and over a dozen other countries. Cyber security researchers have also said they have found technical evidence that could link North Korea with the global WannaCry ‘ransomware’ cyber attack that infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries this month. Pyongyang has called the allegation ‘ridiculous’.” http://reut.rs/2qHMHcn K FILE STRIKES AGAIN! -- “Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie and Nathan McDermott: “Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who this week announced he will be joining Donald Trump’s administration as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on U.S. security, a CNN KFile review has found. “Clarke, a visible surrogate for Trump during the campaign known for his incendiary rhetoric, earned a master's degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In his thesis, ‘Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible,’ Clarke failed to properly attribute his sources at least 47 times.” http://cnn.it/2r62Cm3 SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks with H.R. MCMASTER on ABC’s “This Week”: STEPHANOPOULOS: “Did you understand how this might look though? To an average American right now. You have the President of the United States telling the Russian foreign minister, in their first meeting, that that the pressure is off because he's fired the FBI director investigating Russian interference in the campaign. Does that seem appropriate to you?” MCMASTER: “As you know it’s very difficult to take a few lines, to take a paragraph out of what are what appear to be notes of that meeting. And to be able to see the full context of the conversation. As I mentioned last week, the real purpose of the conversation was to confront Russia on areas, as I mentioned, like Ukraine and Syria, their support for Assad, and their support for the Iranians. While trying to find areas of cooperation as in the area of counterterrorism and the campaign against ISIS. And so … that was the intent of that conversation was to say what I’d like to do is move beyond all of the Russia news so that we can find areas of cooperation.” STEPHANOPOULOS: “So did the president confront them on their interference in our election? This was their first meeting.” MCMASTER: “Well you know, there already was too much that’s been leaked from those meetings. And one of the things that I’m most concerned about is the confidence, the confidentiality of those kind of meetings, as you know, are extremely important. And so, I’m really concerned about these kind of leaks because it undermines everybody’s trust in that kind of an environment where you can have frank, candid and oftentimes unconventional conversations to try to protect American interests and secure the American people.”-- CHRIS WALLACE interviews SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- per Zach Warmbrodt: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday denounced a violent clash in Washington last week involving Turkish security personnel and protesters, as the administration faced political pressure to respond. In an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Tillerson said the State Department had called in the ambassador of Turkey to discuss the incident and say ‘that this is simply unacceptable.’ ‘There is an ongoing investigation,’ he said. ‘We'll wait and see what the outcome of that investigation is. But we have expressed our dismay at what occurred at the Turkish embassy.’” http://politi.co/2rEYnef -- WALLACE: “Mr. Secretary, you were in the Oval Office when the president met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on May 10, and according to the official summary, the president’ told Lavrov, ‘I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I face great pressure because of Russia, that’s taken off.’ My question to you, sir, as someone who was in that meeting -- was he telling the Russians that firing Comey was taking off legal and political pressure? TILLERSON: “Chris, that’s not my -- my interpretation, certainly, of the conversation. And I think what the president was trying to convey to the Russians is, look, I’m not going to be distracted by this -- all these issues that are here at home, they -- that, you know, affect us domestically. I’m not going to let that distract from our efforts to see if we can engage with you, engage with Russia, and identify areas where we might be able to work together. The president I think reemphasized the message to the Russians that the relationship is at a low point and we need to change that, we need to both work towards trying to improve that. So I think the point he was making is I’m not going to be distracted by those things that are happening here at home. Won’t let them get in the way of the important work of engaging Russia to see what can be done to improve this relationship.” SNL’S SEASON FINALE LAST NIGHT -- “Hallelujah Cold Open”: “Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) [wearing a Russian flag lapel pin], Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) and Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) perform ‘Hallelujah.’” 3-min. video http://bit.ly/2rq9rPaREMINDER: Trump’s budget will be released TUESDAY … AP’S ANDY TAYLOR: “Republicans already giving Trump’s budget a cold shoulder” http://apne.ws/2rqLK9l MULLER AND COMEY -- BOSTON GLOBE front page, “2 former FBI directors, 1 investigation,” by Annie Linskey and Matt Viser: “It’s unclear if the two men will remain allied, with Comey shifting to the role of probable witness and Mueller the lead investigator. ‘They’re different — and both people of great capacity,’ [John] Ashcroft said in an interview last week. ... ‘This is not the first rodeo for either of these folks.’ ... ‘Both men were viewed differently within the White House,’ said [Alberto] Gonzales, who went on to serve as a US attorney general. ‘Mueller was much more respected,’’ he said. ‘He has better judgment. He’s much more mature.’” http://bit.ly/2qKT1xU THE RESISTANCE -- “Feinstein scalded by anti-Trump fervor,” by California Playbookers David Siders and Carla Marinucci in Sacramento: “Liberal hecklers have protested outside Dianne Feinstein’s home. She’s been confronted at a Los Angeles fundraiser and a San Francisco town hall meeting by progressives angered by her skeptical view of single payer health care and support for some of Donald Trump’s earliest nominees. In a state marked by its unfettered resistance to the president, California’s senior senator and ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee is dealing with burgeoning unrest in the party ranks at home, a symptom of the roiling anti-Trump politics on the left. “Despite her interrogation of Neil Gorsuch at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Feinstein’s brand of moderation is showing signs of slipping out of favor in a state that delivered a landslide margin against Trump. Her public approval rating, while still in relatively positive territory, has ticked down. ‘The time has absolutely changed for politicians like her,’ said Robert Shearer, a state party executive board member who served as a delegate whip for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year.” http://politi.co/2q91rNP -- L.A. TIMES: “Rep. Adam Schiff calls for Democratic unity in speech that suggests an ambitious future for himself,” by Cathleen Decker: “Rep. Adam B. Schiff has been one of President Trump’s most able tormenters in Washington as the ranking Democrat on the House committee looking into the involvement of Russia in the 2016 presidential election. In the process, the congressman from Burbank has also vaulted himself into the top ranks of California Democrats. On Saturday night he delivered to party members at their state convention a speech that spoke of ambitions for them -- and, none too subtly, himself. “Schiff has been high on the list of Democrats considered interested in a run for the U.S. Senate if incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein were to announce that she will not seek another term in 2018. (So far, she has said she’s running.)” http://lat.ms/2q5RnG4 BILL SCHER in POLITICO Magazine on “An Outrageously Early Field Guide to 2020”: http://politi.co/2rqtVapWHAT DINA POWELL IS READING -- “Why Staying Put Was McMaster’s Most Patriotic Act: The National Security adviser was called a hypocrite for defending Trump’s handling of classified intelligence. But critics misread his book and his motives,” by Mark Perry in POLITICO Magazine: “There are some things not to like about H.R. McMaster: He can be overbearing, has a volcanic temper and promotes a strategy of ‘forward deterrence,’ which means, his critics claim, more American troops in more unwinnable wars. But McMaster is not invisible, will not stay in his lane, will not be intimidated, and will not remain silent. McMaster might not win any lifetime achievement awards, but he won’t walk away. He’ll be a patriot.” http://politi.co/2q8WvZb BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman: --“Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: ‘Everything feels like the future but us,’” by The Guardian’s Julia Carrie Wong in Fremont, California: “Ambulances have been called more than 100 times [to Tesla’s factory] since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues.” http://bit.ly/2qEjxL9 --“A Girls’ Guide to Saudi Arabia,” by Maureen Dowd in Vanity Fair in August 2010 with pix by Ashley Parker: “Saudi Arabia! Just the vacation spot for a headstrong, adventure-loving, cocktail-imbibing, fashion-conscious chick. Long averse to non-Muslim curiosity seekers, the Kingdom is now flirting with tourism, though drinking is forbidden and women can’t drive—or do much of anything—without a man. Armed with moxie and a Burqini, the author confronts the limits of Saudi Arabian hospitality, as well as various male enforcers, learning that, as always, it matters whom you know.” http://bit.ly/2rFNhoD --“Saudi Arabia Experiments with Reform Amid Economic Downturn,” by Susanne Koelbl in Der Spiegel: “‘Why’ is a word that didn’t previously exist in Saudi Arabian public debate. Suddenly, it can be heard all over the place, as if the economic crisis is forcing the country to undergo a kind of late-period enlightenment. Everything is being renegotiated, from benefits to the distribution of money, and the question of who will enjoy new freedoms and who will lose old privileges. In sum, the country’s previous social pact – prosperity in exchange for submission – is being challenged.” http://bit.ly/2q4yDpm --“When Your Child Is a Psychopath,” by Barbara Bradley Hagerty in June’s Atlantic: “Whereas normally developing children at that age grow agitated when they see other children cry — and either try to comfort them or bolt the scene — these kids show a chilly detachment.” http://theatln.tc/2qFJM1R --“Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives the Left Crazy,” by Tunku Varadarajan in the WSJ: “The FCC’s new chairman [Ajit Pai] on his plan to reopen the internet to competition—and the agitators picketing his family home.” http://on.wsj.com/2pWmjwu --“Sending Jobs Overseas,” by Christopher Caldwell in the Claremont Review: “Computers were the key. Once a complex manufacturing process could be supervised from afar, it could be broken up into the simplest constituent tasks, and those could be done almost anywhere. Corporations could play governments off against one another. Globalisation is not about nations. It is not about products. And it has not been about people for a long time. No, it is about tasks.” http://bit.ly/2qFBZBt --“BASIS: Inside the Acclaimed School Network That’s Blended Together the World’s Best Education Practices,” by Kate Stringer in The 74: BASIS is “a chain of 27 public charter, private, and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China that recently captured four of the top five spots on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of America’s best high schools. BASIS makes advanced, immersive coursework a requirement for all students, from pre-K through high school — an approach that some dub ‘deep content.’” http://bit.ly/2rFTnFd --“Slop Machines,” by John Semley in Eater Magazine: “How a family of hog farmers manage the excess of the world’s most indulgent city.” http://bit.ly/2rA4bEU--“A Murderous History of Korea,” by Bruce Cumings in the London Review of Books: “The Republic of Korea was one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the early Cold War period. South Korea’s stable democracy and vibrant economy from 1988 onwards seem to have overridden any need to acknowledge the previous forty years of history, during which the North could reasonably claim that its own autocracy was necessary to counter military rule in Seoul. It’s only in the present context that the North looks at best like a walking anachronism, at worst like a vicious tyranny.” http://bit.ly/2q4dvzQ (h/t TheBrowser.com) --“An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants,” by Jonathan Blitzer in The New Yorker: “Refused admission by public universities and unable to get funding from private ones, aspiring students find another way.” http://bit.ly/2rAs003 --“Breaking News: The Secret Transcripts of the Six-Day War, Part I,” by Yaacov Lozowick in Tablet Magazine: “Dayan, flamboyant and erratic, boasted that Israel could reach Cairo if anyone was interested, and would soon take Sharm el-Sheikh and hold it for 300 years. He also told the ministers they needed to talk less as he didn’t have time for a long meeting. Perhaps the single most important decision in millennia — that the Jews should rule in Jerusalem — was probably made early on June 7 by Moshe Dayan, not by Israel’s government.” http://bit.ly/2rmCjaP --“Platonically irrational,” by Nick Romeo in Aeon Magazine: “How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out.” http://bit.ly/2qG7ueE --“The Future of Media Is Here, and I Was There,” by Sean Cooper in Tablet Magazine: “Content marketers convene in Boston to rid the world of bad content, get under your skin, and scavenge the rotting bones of journalism.” http://bit.ly/2q1kVVl (h/t ALDaily.com)SPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway hanging out on Wisconsin Ave yesterday at 11 a.m. Pic http://bit.ly/2r5H5tt ... former Obama ambassador Islam Siddique, Suhail Khan and Jana Plat yesterday at a performance by Comedy Central’s Hasan Minaj at the 6th and I historic synagogue … Jose Andres, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, getting awards last night at the Halcyon Awards Gala at Union Station. Ben and Jerry personally scooped ice cream for attendees. SPOTTED in the Stronach Group Owner’s chalet at the Preakness: DJ Ben Chang playing throughout the day, warming up for DJ Cassidy, Ashley Chang, Kevin Spacey, Josephine Skriver, Carson Kressley, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Ralph Northam, Belinda Stronach and the Stronach family, Dan Swartz, Mark and Sally Ein, Steve Clemons, Tammy Haddad, John Arundel, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, and musicians Sam Hunt, High Valley, and LOCASH. OUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED last night at the birthday party for communications guru Christine Delargy in Georgetown’s East Village: Kimball Stroud, Scott Mulhauser, Kara Carscaden, Rodell Mollineau, Sheena Arora, Matt Dornic, Kyle Volpe, Nick Massella, Jay Newton-Small, Eliot Pence, Shawna Thomas, Mark Paustenbach, Andy Baldwin, Dan Ronayne and Paul Kane. TRANSITIONS -- OBAMA ALUMNI -- Dave Wilkinson has joined Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy’s cabinet as Commissioner of Early Childhood, running a new state agency. He was previously director of the White House office of social innovation for President Barack Obama. WEEKEND WEDDINGS – ERIC BRADNER, CNN Politics reporter and a Politico alum, on Saturday married JESSICA WRAY, communications manager for the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a nonprofit in DC. They’re both from Indiana, which is where they met. Pool report from Eric’s CNN colleague Tom LoBianco: The ceremony was “held at a beautifully restored United Methodist church just outside downtown Indy. This photo was taken just outside Indiana’s statehouse, where Eric and Jessica used to report together. They both choked up a few times through their vows, we learned a few interesting items -- like who stuffs socks in the couch when they’re sleepy.” Pics http://politi.co/2q5SBRG … http://politi.co/2rqHgQ4 --Adam Hitchcock, formerly of the Obama White House, now with Guggenheim Partners and Sarah Kammerer, Romney campaign alum, now with Susan Crown Exchange, were married Friday at a Chicago courthouse. The newlyweds kept everyone in the dark, alerting only their parents and choosing the five-year anniversary of when they met at the NATO summit in Chicago as their wedding date. Pic http://bit.ly/2rq66zC (h/t Kevin Madden) -- Kasia Witkowski and Joshua Kagan were married last night in Washington at Toolbox Studio in Dupont Circle. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) officiated the wedding -- the couple met on his 2010 campaign. Kasia worked in intergovernmental and external affairs at HHS, and now works at Hewlett Packard in D.C.. Josh works at Hargrove Inc., and has worked on the last two Democratic conventions. The couple departed down the aisle to “Fight Song,” the song of choice for HFA 2016. Pics http://politi.co/2q94oxP ... http://politi.co/2qKVyYM ... http://politi.co/2qHDKQA“Jennifer Cizner, Jeffrey Amsel” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Cizner, 39, is the chief operating officer at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a programming and research center in Chicago. She worked in the Obama administration in the Office of Presidential Personnel from 2009 to 2011, and became the deputy chief of staff. She graduated from the University of Michigan. ... Mr. Amsel, 46, is the vice president for global strategic sourcing and real estate at HERE Technologies, an information technology company in Chicago. He graduated from Ohio State and received an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. ... The couple met in 2014 on JDate.” http://nyti.ms/2rFOLPA -- “Michelle Ker, Jacob Locke”: “Ms. Ker, 27, works in Washington as an economics and trade policy analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. ... Mr. Locke, 28, is an analyst at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. He graduated from American University, from which he also received a master’s degree in international affairs. ... The couple met in 2010 while volunteering at a Washington nonprofit dedicated to education for nomadic people.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2qHKr58 -- “Amanda Erickson, John Davisson”: “The couple met at Columbia, from which they graduated. Ms. Erickson, 29, is a foreign affairs reporter for The Washington Post. ... Mr. Davisson, 31, is a lawyer in Washington for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest research center. He received a law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown.” http://nyti.ms/2qKOmvM BIRTHDAYS: Mosheh Oinounou, EP for CBSN … Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is 66 ... Politico alum Gillian Reagan ... Mike Viqueira, an Al Jazeera America and NBC alum, is 57 ... Reilly Balderston … AP’s Deb Riechmann, a Jayhawk … Michael Gartland, City Hall reporter for the NY Post ... Rebecca Leber, Mother Jones reporter ... Tom Allon, City and State CEO, is 55 ... Fred Frommer, head of the sports biz practice at Dewey Square and an AP alum … Joshua Henne of White Horse Strategies ... Beth Dozoretz ... Steven Newmark ... Bill Black ... Abigail P. Gage ... Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large at TIME (hat tips: Jon Haber) ... Doug Randall ... Krista Ritacco ... Politico’s Ross Rattanasena ... Lacey Rose, press sec for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (h/t Alexis Krieg) ... former Rep. 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21 мая, 15:29

Jordan 2017 - Overcoming Inertia A Talent Revolution

http://www.weforum.org/ The Middle East and North Africa is currently utilizing less than 62% of its human capital potential, the third-lowest in the world. How can the region fully develop and deploy its talent pool? · Khalid Alkhudair, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Glowork, Saudi Arabia; Young Global Leader · Nabil Al Dabal, General Manager, Training and Development, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia · Khadija Idrissi Janati, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KMK Groupe, Morocco; Young Global Leader Moderated by · Lara Habib, Senior Presenter, Al Arabiya, United Arab Emirates

21 мая, 13:57

Jordan 2017 - Racing against the Clock The Water Crisis 89459

http://www.weforum.org/ As water reserves dwindle at an alarming rate, and shortages jeopardize livelihoods and exacerbate mass migration, how can new technologies improve governance and management of the region's scarcest resource? · Roland Ang Kim Chye, Managing Director, Hyflux, Singapore · Sanjeev Chadha, Chief Executive Officer, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Pepsi-Cola International, United Arab Emirates · Fayez Husseini, Managing Director, Shurook, Palestinian Territories · Maxim Pasik, Executive Chairman, Water-gem, Israel

21 мая, 13:27

Jordan 2017 - Press Conference An In Depth Look at the State of Talent in the Arab World 91050

http://www.weforum.org/ What is the current state of talent competitiveness in the region? What are today's the challenges youth face in the job market? How can policies improve conditions? - Google and INSEAD’s MENA Talent Competitiveness Report will focus on how technological advances are affecting talent competitiveness and the nature of work in the region. The study explores the significant challenges and opportunities the region faces and important shifts away from traditional working approaches. The panel will include the main authors of the report as well as experts from Google who will discuss and answer questions about the findings of the study. Speakers Selim Eddé, Head, Policy and Government Relations, Middle East and North Africa, Google, United Arab Emirates Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI), INSEAD, France Patricia J. McCall, Executive Director, Centre for Economic Growth, INSEAD, United Arab Emirates Moderators Yann Zopf, Head of Media Operations and Events, World Economic Forum

21 мая, 12:56

Jordan 2017 - Embracing Disruption

http://www.weforum.org/ Given the speed at which digital innovations and new technologies are reshaping the region, how ready are leaders to embrace disruption and secure positive outcomes for society? arrive 15 minutes early, as the doors will be closed at the scheduled time. · Nour Al Hassan, Chief Executive Officer, Tarjama, United Arab Emirates · Abdulla Elyas, Co-founder, Chief Privacy Officer, Careem, Saudi Arabia · Khaled H. Biyari, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Telecom, Saudi Arabia · Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation, Washington DC · Maurice Lévy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Groupe, France · Arif M. Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive, Abraaj Group, United Arab Emirates Chaired by · John Defterios, Editor, Emerging Markets; Anchor, CNNMoney, United Arab Emirates

21 мая, 12:45

Jordan 2017 - Transforming Energy

http://www.weforum.org/ Shifts in the global energy architecture and recent energy reforms are redefining the region’s social contract and driving the development of more resilient portfolios. How can energy assets be deployed productively to shape a sustainable future? · Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum, United Arab Emirates · Sami Khoreibi, Chief Executive Officer, Enviromena Power Systems, United Arab Emirates; Young Global Leader · Jabar Ali Al Luaibi, Minister of Oil of Iraq · Sarah Mousa, Founder, Shamsina, Egypt

21 мая, 12:04

Jordan 2017 - Leadership Imperative Making Reforms Work

http://www.weforum.org/ In a shifting regional context, what new leadership approaches are needed to tackle ongoing challenges and future disruptions? · Najla Al Midfa, General Manager, Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center), United Arab Emirates · Fahd Al-Rasheed, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia · Paul Rogers, Managing Director, Middle East and Turkey, Bain & Company Middle East, United Arab Emirates Moderated by · Abdulsalam Haykal, Chief Executive Officer, Haykal Group, United Arab Emirates; Young Global Leader