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Saudi Prince says Trump is a true friend to Muslims

“This measure is a sovereign decision aimed at preventing terrorists from entering"

Saudi Prince says Trump is a true friend to Muslims
Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia meets with US President Donald Trump, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia has said the banning of citizens from six countries from entering the US is aimed at preventing terrorists entering the country, according to a senior advisor to the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US President Donald Trump met with Prince Mohammed at the White House on Tuesday in his first meeting with a senior official from a Muslim majority country. The pair discussed many pressing issues, including the controversial decision by President Trump to push ahead with a revised version of his controversial attempt to ban some citizens from six Muslim majority countries from entering the US.

“This measure is a sovereign decision aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the United States of America,” said a senior adviser to the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince.

“President Trump expressed his deep respect for the Religion of Islam, considering it one of the divine religions that came with great human principles kidnapped by radical groups.

“At the same time, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman emphasised that information from Saudi Arabia confirms the existence of a plot against the United States of America that has been planned in those countries in secret by those groups that took advantage of what they assume a security weakness to conduct operations against the United States of America.”

Prince Mohammed said, after the meeting, his satisfaction with the
positive attitude and clarifications he heard from President Trump about his
stance on Islam, which runs against what the media promoted about the
president, stressing that Mr Trump has an unprecedented and serious intention
to work with the Muslim World and to achieve its interests and that Prince
Mohammed considers him as a true friend of Muslims who will serve the Muslim
World.

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Yousuf Abdul Ghaffar 3 years ago

I would like to record my disagreement with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

dmajor 3 years ago

Interesting. I'm sure the right will rejoice to hear Trump described as "a true friend of Muslims who will serve the Muslim World."

Of course, the ban is still an absurd idea based on nonsense fear-mongering that likely only makes the terrorist situation worse, not better. But at least Trump pleased the Saudis...

Patrick 3 years ago

I would like to record my total agreement with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Sal 3 years ago

This is conflicting. If he is a good friend of Muslims, the right wing ideology he represents would not be happy about it.

Fentoni 3 years ago

The KSA and the UAE were number 1 & 2 in the top 10 weapons purchasers between 2011 - 2015 with Iraq & Egypt taking 9th and 10th respectively. Simple economics dictates that the massive planned increase by Trump on military spending in the US relies on foreign sales to offset the development costs. You certainly don't sell your enemies weapons (and visa versa) so by this measure who could possibly be a truer friend?
Source: 'Here's who buys the most weapons from the U.S.'
By Curtis Brown, Ryan Browne, and Zachary Cohen CNN.
May 25, 2016

Donatello 3 years ago

Follow the money.

ttr 3 years ago

welcome to the real world..