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The US President arrives in the country of Holy Places
The most powerful democracy upon Earth is today headed by a person who is known for his wild and weird statements.

During a March 2006 appearance on "The View" with his daughter Ivanka, Donald Trump was asked how he would react if Playboy magazine were to ever feature Ivanka's picture on its cover. Mr Trump responded: "I don't think Ivanka would do that inside the magazine. Although she does have a very nice figure. I've said that if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I would be dating her."

Joy Behar, one of the show's co-hosts, then exclaimed, "Stop it! Oh, that's so weird. Stop it!"

So, the world knows well what is there in store for the rest of the denizens of this globe. Now this man has landed in the country of Holy Places of Islam.

The history of USA and KSA friendship has been defying almost every logic and ethics of politics and it is a finest paradox based on sheer strategic interdependence. America is still an exemplary democracy and has a commendable record in maintaining and propagating human rights. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy where a Saudi lady can't initiate any major activity of life without the consent of male guardians – father, husband or brother. The KSA is fountain head of fundamentalist Islamic doctrines that are followed by Al Qaida, Daish and rest of the terror outfits. There is no freedom of speech or expression there and public display or practice of any religion except the Wahabi Islam is prohibited.

It often happens with most of the world leaders that they use the foreign trips to escape the political heat that gathers at political horizons back home. President Trump hasn't really had a good time or fun time since he occupied the coveted chair. So, for the embattled President it would be a respite as he arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

And here, he has to undertake a finest tightrope of verbal jugglery. He has to address not only Saudi Arabia which is generally regarded as an extended American province in the Arabian dessert but he would also cautiously be heard in the Muslim world. Trump will deliver his speech at a lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries. According to national security advisor HR McMaster, the speech is "intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America's commitment to our Muslim partners."

It is generally believed that 'the sword the body wounds, sharp words the mind.' The Arabs memory is not that rusty and how could they forget that Trump is same person who had stated last year in election speeches that 'Islam hates us.' He is President who had introduced the 'Muslim travel ban' on refugees and restricted visa applications from a list of Muslim majority countries."

It is most likely that in his speech Trump will call on Muslims to denounce radical Islam. This appeal is more like a cliche or formality which doesn't carry weight. They don't have to parrot this thought. They know that Trump is not Islamophobic but an opportunist, a plain businessman and an ego-maniac. He had run for the President in 2000, as a 'Democrat'. What he had tried to do was to invoke the hidden racial, religious bias that is rooted in the sub-conscious mind of many Americans. He was hell bent on polarising votesby speaking a basal language which many Americans and other biased insecure people around the globe love to hear.

After becoming the President he issued the new US rule that banned incoming items from 10 Muslim countries – Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. And the list includes laptops, tablets/kindles, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic game units larger than a smartphone, travel printers/scanners.

But there is more in the background. It was just the tip of the iceberg. In March 2011, during an interview with "Fox and Friends," Donald Trump had touted a business interaction he had with former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as a prime example of his business prowess:

"I dealt with Gaddafi. I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for two years, and then I didn't let him use the land. That's what we should be doing. I don't want to use the word 'screwed', but I screwed him. That's what we should be doing."

Since he announced his candidacy in June 2015, Donald Trump made several offensive statements. Here are some of his most wild statements:

At a November 2015 rally, for example, Donald Trump stated that he watched the Twin Towers come down in Jersey City, NJ, and that thousands of Muslims there cheered what was occurring: "There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations," he told the crowd. "They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down."

At a December 2015 rally in Charleston, South Carolina, just a few days after the San Bernardino shooting, Trump told thousands of supporters:

"Donald J Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

However, Donald Trump can eat his words easily and he is also no stranger to the surprising U-turns. Not long ago, he had blasted the Saudi royals for being freeloaders and threatened them with an economic boycott. Speaking to the New York Times last year, he had claimed that, without US support and protection, "Saudi Arabia wouldn't exist for very long." The real problem, he continued, was that the Saudis are "a money machine … and yet they don't reimburse us the way we should be reimbursed." Asked if he would be willing to "stop buying oil from the Saudis" if they refused to pull their weight, Trump responded: "Oh yeah, sure. I would do that." He had also slammed the Saudi government for executing homosexuals and treating women "horribly." In the third presidential debate last October, Trump had attacked Hillary Clinton for taking $25 million from the Saudis, from "people that push gays off … buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly and yet you take their money."

Yes, it was Mr Trump who had accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the 9/11 attacks. "Who blew up the World Trade Center?" Trump asked his pals at Fox and Friends on the morning of February 17, 2016. "It wasn't the Iraqis, it was Saudi — take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents."

The US President has to gloss over a lot of his past. He has to ignore a lot of Saudi Arabian past also. Let us hope all ends well. Yeh…. It has to as they both are paranoid about Iran – the country that has refused to bow before Uncle Sam.

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