Parts of the speech could have been given by either of Trump’s predecessors — respectful language about religion, the observation that Muslims have suffered the most from terrorism, the patronizing evocation of past civilizational glories, like the pyramids. What was missing, though, was any sense of why Trump thinks terrorism is on the rise, and how he plans to combat it.It was as if, as former Bush administration official Elliott Abrams put it, the terrorists were aliens from outer space, rather than the twisted product of broken societies that have yet to divine how to stop churning them out. “He offered no explanation of what was producing this phenomenon,” Abrams noted in an email to my colleague Annie Karni. “Trump had no theory, and therefore could not suggest what might be done to prevent more extremists from rising.”
Per several White House reporters in Saudi Arabia, senior official said Trump made a mistake today because he was "exhausted." Whoo boy.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) May 21, 2017
Trump, in remarks before meeting with Rivlin, says "we just got back from the Middle East."— Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) May 22, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells reporters today: "Onto the second stop, Tel Aviv, home of Judaism."— Aaron Magid (@AaronMagid) May 22, 2017
Wilbur Ross says on CNBC: "There was not a single hint of a protester" in Saudi Arabia during Trump's visit.— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) May 22, 2017
During a Sunday meeting of coalition heads, Netanyahu was notified that there would be a sparse attendance of ministers at the reception and that most party heads wouldn’t participate in it. Netanyahu was furious and blew up the meeting, a senior official who attended the meeting said. Immediately afterwards, the Prime Minister’s Bureau issued an instruction to all government ministers according to which they must participate in the airport reception.