President Donald Trump chose to emphasize friendship, cooperation, and understanding during his Sunday address in Saudi Arabia.
Trump said that because many countries around the world had been affected by terrorism, it was up to the world to come together to devise solutions to such problems. Trump announced the formation of the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology and made it clear he was proud that Saudi Arabia, which holds two of Islam's holiest sites, was going to participate.
While Trump emphasized teamwork in the face of extremism, he also emphasized that teamwork did not mean a takeover, saying, "I also promised that america will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust."
Trump also chose to soften his rhetoric on what he called "radical Islamic terrorism" during his campaign, instead opting to use the term "violent extremism" when discussing violence perpetrated in the name of Saudi Arabia's state religion.
Trump also announced hundreds of billions of dollar in defense contracts the American government had signed with Saudi Arabia, saying that he was making sure that America's friends were getting a good deal from America's excellent military defense companies.
Elsewhere on the finance front, Trump also announced the creation of a group called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, dedicated to cutting off funding for extremist groups, which will be co-chaired by both Saudi Arabia and the United states.
Pres. Trump appears to be carefully reading from teleprompter here. None of the improv'd asides (yet) he sometimes delivers during remarks.— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) May 21, 2017
Trump's remarks were very on message.
Trump says he will "help Saudis get a good deal from US defense companies" -- not a traditional remark from a US president.— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) May 21, 2017
Some remarks, however, hadn't been hear very many times before.