President Trump’s visit to the Middle East left many people surprised at how he handled himself around foreign dignitaries. During his campaign, many had concerns that his “dog attack” attitude would make him unable to work with foreign officials successfully. Instead, his recent trip has been met with plenty of praise and some criticism.
While in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump had the chance to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. During their interactions, Sisi told the U.S. President that he(Trump) is “capable of doing the impossible.”
“Mr. President, let me express our appreciation and respect,” Sisi said using a translator. “Let me say that you have a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.”
Trump’s laughed in agreement and said, “that’s very interesting… I agree.” According to CNN White House reporter Jeremy Diamond, the meeting was similar to “a buddy comedy routine.”
The President also complimented Sisi for all the work he has done since he has been President.
Trump continued his Middle East tour to Israel where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The President did request some concessions for the Palestinian’s. Many are hoping the requests will hopefully improve the Palestinian economy and facilitate crossing. Yahoo reports this saying:
“An Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity that ministers were responding to a Trump request to present him with ‘confidence-building measures’ ahead of his talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday.
In a statement, Trump’s administration welcomed the moves, saying he ‘has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peacemaking.’
‘He has expressed particular interest in taking steps to improve the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.’
In what the Israeli official described as a ‘gesture for Trump’s visit, which does not harm Israel’s interests’, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet on Sunday approved the enlargement of a Palestinian industrial zone on the edge of the southern West Bank.”
Trump engaged Rivlin about the large opportunity for peace that he believed was right around the corner:
“You have a great opportunity right now. There’s a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East. I think people have just had enough. They’ve had enough of the bloodshed and the killing.”
Source: The Hill