• Trump shakes hands with Saudi leader, doesn't bow as Obama appeared to

    From Bradley K. Thurman@21:1/5 to All on Fri May 26 08:29:19 2017
    XPost: alt.politics.clinton, alt.politics.radical-left, soc.culture.arabic XPost: alt.journalism

    President Trump upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday did
    not bow to the Gulf leader as former President Barack Obama
    appeared to do -- a move interpreted as American weakness.

    In 2009, Obama appeared to bow to then-Saudi leader King
    Abdullah at a G-20 summit in London.

    Videos show Obama bending at the waist toward the king. The
    White House at the time purportedly denied that the president
    had bowed, with a source saying Obama was taller than the king,
    so he had to lean.

    Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia marks the start to his nine-day,
    overseas tour that will also take him to Israel and Europe. The
    international trip is Trump’s first since taking office in

    Trump was greeted at the Saudi airport with an elaborate
    ceremony, punctuated by a military flyover and a handshake from
    Saudi King Salman.

    First lady Melania Trump wore a black pantsuit with a golden
    belt and did not cover her head for the arrival, consistent with
    custom for foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia.

    The 81-year-old King Salman greeted Trump at the airport. The
    two leaders exchanged pleasantries and Trump said it was "a
    great honor" to be there.

    “Two things need to happen,” Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the
    American Islamic Forum for Democracy, told Fox News on Saturday
    about Trump’s trip. “President Trump needs to shore up our
    alliance with the Sunnis who feel abandon, and that starts with
    Saudi Arabia. And in the short-term, he needs to create a
    coalition that will decimate and defeat ISIS.”

    Obama critics said the former president suggested several times
    in 2009, just after getting elected, that the United States owed
    the Arab world an apology.

    “There have been times when America has shown arrogance … even
    dismissiveness,” Obama said that year in France.

    Saudi Arabia offered Trump the elaborate welcome ahead of his
    two-day stay. Billboards featuring images of Trump and the king
    dotted the highways of Riyadh, emblazoned with the motto
    "Together we prevail."

    Trump's luxury hotel was bathed in red, white and blue lights
    and, at times, an image of the president's face.

    Trump and the king met briefly in the airport terminal for a
    coffee ceremony before the president headed to his hotel before
    the day's other meetings.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/20/trump-shakes-hands- with-saudi-leader-doesnt-bow-as-obama-appeared-to-do.html

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