Saudi leaders were looking for the anti-Obama, they found him in Donald Trump – Idaho News

Saudi leaders were looking for the anti-Obama, they found him in Donald Trump – Idaho News

As a private citizen, businessman and presidential candidate, Donald Trump unleashed a long series of blistering attacks on the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He accused the nation of blowing up the World Trade Center, treating women like slaves and failing to spend enough on defense. He demanded that its leaders send the United States a decade’s worth of free oil. And he called one of the nation’s princes goofy.

But as president, Trump has abandoned the stinging rhetoric he was known for in lieu of a friendlier message as he looks to restore relations with the country, which soured during his predecessor’s tenure.

President Donald Trump begins his nine-day maiden foreign trip Saturday, which will comprise stops in Riyadh, Jerusalem, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.

Trump, who has previously done business in Saudi Arabia, will arrive in Riyadh on Saturday for a two-day visit – the surprising first stop of his ambitious maiden foreign trip as president –armed with pledges to work with Saudi leaders to fight terrorism, boost economic development and counter nearby Iran.

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