Trump Strikes Deal with Saudis to ‘Drive Out’ and ‘Out Drive’ Terrorists
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – On Sunday, President Donald Trump sought to reconcile prior tensions with Saudi Arabia and other Muslim-majority countries with his first major foreign speech.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations,” Trump said. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil.”
Trump attempted to reconcile relationships which were damaged during his divisive presidential campaign. He called on the Muslim-majority countries to take primary ownership of the fight against extremism, saying, “We can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden […] Muslim majority countries must take the lead in stamping out radicalization.”
Following the speech, Trump, alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, spoke with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to strike a lucrative trade deal between the nations. With an estimated $350 billion to be exchanged, Saudi Arabia has agreed to develop over 40 golf courses, made by American companies. These luxury resorts would not only create jobs for Americans but would attempt to dissuade individuals from radicalization.
Trump’s strategic plan, called ‘Drive-Out and Out-Drive Islamic Terrorism’ will strive to thwart ISIS’ recruitment efforts with the lush green fairways of a new golf club. Saudi royalty has already expressed enthusiasm. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated, “This deal will create a wealth of new opportunities for our country and will deter young men from joining a radical militant group such as the Islamic State […] I’m also excited to work on my short game.”
Along with this agreement, the United States will greatly expand its former trade deal which sold military armament to Saudi Arabia.