The Saudis have transformed Trump’s presidential visit into a grand regional enterprise, using every precious second to showcase the indispensability of Saudi Arabia’s link to American security.
The president’s decision to make Saudi Arabia the first stop of his first foray abroad is symbolic on so many fronts to an Arab world under siege by Iran and radical Islam. The region hopes it marks an end to the deep, abiding failures of Obama’s Middle East polices and a “reset” with the Saudis – who remain the pivotal center of influence in the Muslim world.
The Kingdom has convened to coincide with the president’s visit an “Arab Islamic American” summit with a glitzy guest list of regional leaders and business leaders from around the Middle East.President Trump will have not one, but three summits while in Riyadh: one with Saudi King Salman, one with Persian Gulf leaders, and one with 50 Muslim leaders and religious representatives from across the Muslim world.
Additionally, President Trump and King Salman will inaugurate a “Global Center For Combatting Extremist Ideology” where Mr. Trump is expected to deliver a major address on Islam and, for good measure, the “Tweeter-in-Chief will join Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman at a conference on social media.
1. Chis Matthews has a clip of all the anti-Muslim comments Trump has made-- pretty amazing that he still wants to visit Saudi Arabia! (Check it out-- its HERE)
2. Northrop Grumman Announces 11% Hike in Quarterly Dividend
Increasing dividend has become an annual ritual for this defense major. This will mark the 14th consecutive annual dividend hike by Northrop Grumman