Trump seeks coalition to 'stamp out extremism'

President Donald Trump is closing the first leg of his maiden overseas trip. It was his first major speech outside America, his first foreign tour (as president) and probably the first time he has addressed dozens of Muslim leaders (again as president). We feared a president we were led to believe hates our values and culture, but we got one who sipped our coffee, joined us in sword dancing and told us last night that the United States is not here to impose its way of life, but to offer us a helping hand if we choose to take it.

The president put much of the onus for combating extremists on Mideast leaders: "Drive them out of your places of worship". Drive them out of your communities.

While addressing the Arab-Islamic-US summit, he said countries must ensure that no terror outfit is existing in their soil.

Trump continues his first worldwide trip on Monday in Israel.

The president next heads to Israel, where he'll meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But, there could be differences with Israel on the way forward on peace with the Palestinians over Israeli concerns that Washington may not move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as promised.

"Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president ... tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said. "So too have the nations of Africa and South America".

Read the full transcript of Donald Trump's speech here.

While Obama and George W. Bush to different degrees had promoted human rights and democracy as tactics to undercut support for radicalism, Trump made clear he did not plan to publicly pressure Muslim nations to ease their repressive policies.

On economic ties, Trump said some $400 billion in agreements signed this weekend with Saudi Arabia would create hundreds of thousands of jobs in both countries, and that he looked forward to cooperating in the future. He once mused that he thought "Islam hates us".

On Sunday, however, standing before dozens of regional leaders, he said Islam was "one of the world's great faiths".

For Trump, the visit has been a welcome escape from the crush of controversies that have consumed his administration in recent weeks.

Officials spent the days before Mr Trump's departure dealing with a steady stream of revelations about the federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and the fallout from his firing of FBI director James Comey.

Recommended News

  • Donald Trump: Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could spread throughout region

    But complicating any deal is the adjacent hilltop site revered by Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary" and Jews as the "Temple Mount". During the campaign, Trump pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem , but has since walked back that promise.
    Thai police handing hospital bomb probe as security reviewed

    Thai police handing hospital bomb probe as security reviewed

    Investigators have found traces of batteries and wires at the scene - and the device was "packed with a large number of nails". On Tuesday, a bomb in the southern province of Yala, where the Muslim rebels operate, killed two army rangers.
    Dubai Police Robocop to begin street patrols

    Dubai Police Robocop to begin street patrols

    According to the Dubai police, there are even plans to build the world's largest robot - which can run at 80 kilometres per hour. The robots will soon leave the halls of conferences and start patrolling streets in the city.
  • Looking for quick, massive infrastructure spending in Trump's budget? Forget it.

    The Trump budget would lift the legal spending cap on defense and add $ 54 billion to its topline funds for 2018. Its blueprint calls for significant cuts to social safety net programs and assumes more robust economic growth.

    Katy Perry finally admits feud with Taylor Swift

    After Corden said there's "no denying Taylor beef", Perry explained the origin of their disagreement. When they went to talk to management about it, they got fired.

    Trump budget promises balance in decade, relies on deep cuts

    The Trump budget does get to a surplus - but it takes ten years to reach that point, in 2027. The program serves about 42 million people.
  • Celtics pip Cavs with National Basketball Association  buzzer-beater

    Celtics pip Cavs with National Basketball Association buzzer-beater

    Not many people were giving Boston a chance, especially considering Isaiah Thomas was inactive and it was a road game. In the first half, everything was the Cavaliers . 2 of 17 - The Cavaliers' three-point shooting in the second half.

    No blame for LeBron after Celtics no-show, says Cavaliers coach Lue

    We're all to blame", Lue said. "But when that happens, you've got to be able to get stops, especially being up 20 points". Like I said, they was better today than we were, and we have to figure out a way to be better than them in Game 4.

    Trump becomes first sitting US President to visit Western Wall

    In Israel on the second leg of his first overseas trip since entering office, President Trump is to hold talks separately with Mr. The caption appeared on the video feed of Monday's news conference at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence.
  • Loesch: Pres. Trump 'Said Islamic Extremism to Saudi Arabia's Face'

    Democratic and Republican administrations have in the past said Jerusalem's status must be solved through USA negotiation. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war.

    Warriors sweep Spurs to reach NBA Finals

    But, Aldridge could not find his rhythm in the series against the Warriors. "He called, we talked, we laughed", Brown said. SAN ANTONIO (AP ) - Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable.

    Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester Arena blast

    Speaking this morning, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: "We are treating this as a terrorist incident". Manchester police confirmed in a statement early Tuesday that the death toll from the attack climbed to 22, with 59 injured.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.