Saudi official tells Trump THREE WORDS that have heads spinning

President Donald Trump is in Saudi Arabia today, discussing among other things, the fight against ISIS.

As part of the (art of the) deal, Trump reached an agreement with the Saudis to sell them $350 billion worth of weapons over ten years, $110 billion of which will take effect immediately. The White House hailed the agreement as a significant expansion of…[the] security relationship” between both our countries.

During a ceremony at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia King Salman placed the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar around President Trump’s neck, which is the kingdom’s highest civilian honor.

In regards to fighting terrorism, the Saudis further honored the president by borrowing a particular phrase from the Trump playbook.

As Fox News reported, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir appeared to channel President Trump in his opening remarks at a joint press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Al-Jubeir praised Tillerson and said he hopes the American delegation’s visit will help improve U.S.-Saudi relations.

He said he wants Saudi Arabia to help bring the Islamic world into a partnership with the United States for counter-terror and economic reasons.

Al-Jubeir said that if the Islamic world “begins to change the conversation from one of enmity to one of partnership with the United States” and vice-versa, the strengthened alliance will topple terrorist groups like ISIS.

“We will have truly drowned [out] the voices of extremism and we will have drained the swamps in which extremism and terrorism emanates,” al-Jubeir said.

He praised Trump for choosing Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Holy See for his first foreign trip’s itinerary, hoping for a stronger partnership between the world’s three major religions.

Many of Trump’s strongest backers, of course, were not happy that Trump signed the single largest arms deal in U.S. history with the literal Islamic State.

Do not forget that Saudi Arabia is among the most prolific funders of state-sponsored-terrorism globally, allegedly supporting organizations including (but not limited to) the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Al-Nusra Front. They may be fighting ISIS, but an enemy of our enemy is not our friend.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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