On his first trip to the Middle East, President Donald Trump has done more to rebuild the United States’ standing in the region than President Barack Obama did in eight years.
So far, Trump has travelled to Saudi Arabia and Israel to work with the two nations on combating Iran’s aggression and to tackle the deal of all deals — the Middle East peace process.
Consider the differences.
In June 2009, Obama made his first overseas trip to Cairo to apologize to the Muslim world for America’s fight against Muslim terrorists after al-Qaida’s 9/11 attack.
Trump travelled to the Middle East to show the world American leadership has returned. There were lots of “firsts” in Trump’s oversees trip to Israel, one of America’s most trusted allies.
Trump was the first U.S. president to fly from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. The flight symbolized his attempt to unify two nations that have no diplomatic relations in a bigger fight against Iran.
“It’s forcing people together in a very positive way. I could see a much deeper path to friendship with Israel and … a lot of it’s spurred on by what’s happening in Iran,” Trump said.
Saudi Arabia doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist but the two countries are united in wanting to stop Iran’s ascent in the region.
Trump became the first U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Taken by the Israelis in the 1967 Six-Day War, the wall sits in disputed land. Israel claims it but the Palestinians insist that they want the wall to be included in any final peace talks.
Meanwhile, Obama never made one trip to Israel during his two-term presidency. But he could make the time to cut a nuclear deal with Iran so they could build a bomb and terrorize our allies like Israel in the Middle East.
Thanks to Obama’s do-nothing approach in the Middle East, Iran and Russia filled the void, supplying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with weapons to fight a bloody civil war and commit atrocities against his people like gassing women and children.
Obama rewarded Iran for their bad behavior by signing a nuclear agreement with a nation which vows to wipe out Israel.
Thanks to Obama’s utter negligence in the Middle East, ISIS camped out in Syria and Iraq and grew stronger. This week ISIS struck again in Manchester, England, where a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children outside the concert arena where singer Ariana Grande performed.
Prior to the Manchester terror attack, Trump explained in his speech in Saudi Arabia that America alone “cannot crush this enemy.”
“Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.
“The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.”
As ISIS insults democracy with fresh terror attacks, Trump’s proposed ban on radical Muslims entering the U.S. doesn’t look so crazy. And his leadership in the Middle East is a welcome pivot for America and the world.