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Coming soon, a new Trump version: A friend of Saudi Arabia

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Coming soon, a new Trump version: A friend of Saudi Arabia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Reports said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allocated $ 68 million for preparations to host Trump.

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US President Donald Trump, who is known for his controversial statements on a plethora  of issues including Saudi Arabia’s role in spreading radical Islam, will be shortly seen in a new avatar when he visits Riyadh on May 20 and 21. It would the first stop of his maiden foreign trip where he will meet most Arab monarchs and other heads of Muslim states.

According to Washington Post, President Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican (Italy) and attend the NATO summit in Belgium.

A senior Trump administration official, while describing the visit, was quoted saying that the US President chose Saudi Arabia as his first stop to show his commitment to improving US relations with the Muslim world.  He will meet King Salman and other leaders where they are expected to discuss efforts to defeat terrorism and discredit radical ideologies.

At the White House Rose Garden on May 4, President Trump said his foreign trip would “begin with a truly historic gathering in Saudi Arabia with leaders all across the Muslim world”.  He was generous enough saying, “Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam and it is there that we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries.”

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir told reporters in Washington that Trump’s visit would send a clear message that the US harbours no ill-will towards Muslim countries, which he said was a “misconception” spread by Iran and extremists like the Islamic State (IS). He said, “This historic summit is going to change the narrative in the Islamic world and the world.’

Trump’s change of heart towards Saudi Arabia was revealed for the first time after becoming President, when he rolled out the red carpet for Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his accompanying high-level delegation on March 14 this year.

The Saudi government had hailed it as a “historic turning point” in US-Saudi relations after eight contentious years with the Obama administration. The royal statement said that the prince considers Trump “a true friend of Muslims” and that the meeting marked a “significant shift in relations” across all fields.

Meanwhile, a White House statement said Trump and Salman had directed their teams to find ways “to further strengthen and elevate the United States-Saudi strategic relationship”.

During his campaign, Trump said, “They (Saudi Arabia) are loaded with money to the gills. The US protects them. We get practically nothing. Do you know why? Because our leaders don’t have business instinct!”

He further said, “Here’s what’s going to happen. We’ll say to Saudi Arabia, ‘Fellas, you’ve got to help us out.’ They’ll say, ‘No.’ We’ll say, ‘Bye, bye.’ About two days later, they’ll call and say ‘Get back here fast, somebody’s going to make a raid.’ We’ll go back. They’ll pay us so much money. And you know what? That’s fine.”

King Salman is said to have invited the heads of the Gulf Cooperation Council members:  Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman along with several other Muslim states.

The other invitees to the Arab-American Summit include King Abdullah II of Jordan, Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Yemen’s virtually ousted President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan.

The leaders of Egypt, Syria and Iran are missing from the list. In January, immediately after his inauguration, President Trump imposed ban on travellers from seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

According to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir, separate meetings will also take place between monarchs of GCC countries and Trump, as well as bilateral talks between Saudi and US leaders.

Reports said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allocated nearly $ 68 million to the preparations for hosting Trump.

During the US presidential campaign, New York Daily News had reported that Trump made millions of dollars from his deals with Saudi Arabia, which included leasing an apartment to former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s half brother Shafiq. The Saudis paid $ 4.5 million in June 2001 and bought the 45th floor of the real estate mogul’s Trump World Tower in Manhattan. Shafiq met then US President George Bush on September 11, 2001, which was cut short due to the 9/11 attack.

Meanwhile, Gulf News, the largest circulated English daily in the GCC countries, observed that the Arab world has a historic opportunity to use the new American President Donald Trump’s first trip to make some cogent points on many important issues that challenge the region. It is an extraordinary compliment that Saudi Arabia will host Trump’s first state visit, wisely timed to the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, the editorial, published on May 10, said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Trump shooter rejected by school shooting club for being really bad

He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.

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Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old man, who tried to assassinate former US President Donald Trump, was rejected by the school shooting club for being a really bad shooter and making crass jokes, as per the reports.

The Trump shooter was shot dead by the US Secret Services when he attacked the 78-year-old Republican Presidential candidate at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on July 13 evening. As Trump talked to a large crowd, a continuous gunfire broke out, causing widespread panic and prompting an immediate response from security personnel.

Crooks, who allegedly tried to assassinate former Trump, was a resident of Bethel Park, about an hour away from where the shocking shooting occurred, and he was a member of a local shooting club named Clairton Sportsmen’s Club. He was a high school student who was rejected from his high school’s rifle team for being a terrible shooter.

Crook was shot dead on Saturday, the Secret Service said in a statement. Afterward in the day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) distinguished him as a Pennsylvanian man. He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. According to officials, the continued gunfire scuffed Trump’s right ear. The officials added that a 50-year-old man was killed in this incident, and two others were critically injured.

According to reports, Crooks graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2022. He received a $ 500-star award, from the National Math and Science Enterprise, officials also told that Crooks does not have a criminal history according to Pennsylvania’s public court records. Police added that they have not yet identified the official motive behind it.

An individual who claimed to be an eyewitness of the incident, in an interview with the international media, the individual said he and the individuals he was with began yelling at the man, attempting to alarm security. According to the security agency, the shots appeared to have come from outside the area secured by the Secret Service.

Addressing a conference, the FBI stated that they were still working through the security apparatus that the Secret Service had in place to understand what potentially happened. Kevin Rojek, the special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office, remarked that it was able to fire multiple shots. He included that there is going to be a long examination into exactly what took put and how the person was able to get to the area, what type of weapon he had.

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Donald Trump survives assassination attempt, bullet pierces his right ear

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

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Former US President Donald Trump was immediately rushed offstage to his motorcade, with blood visible on his right ear and streaking across his cheek after gunshots erupted at a rally in Pennsylvania in an apparent assassination attempt on Saturday evening.

According to US Secret Services, the former President was injured in a volley of gunfire at 6.15 pm from an elevated position outside the venue. The gunfire erupted a few minutes after Trump began his speech at a rally of supporters in Butler, a rural town in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The available witnesses and footage suggested around eight shots were fired at Trump. The footage also showed him grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.

Following the incident, the US Secret Service officers neutralised the suspect at the scene. The agency’s spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said that one bystander was killed in the shooting and two others were critically injured.

The US Secret Service, which is responsible for shielding current and former presidents, said the suspected shooter had fired multiple shots towards the stage and that the assailant was now dead.

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

The former US President Trump, in a post to his Truth Social network, said a bullet pierced the upper part of his right ear. Earlier, his spokesperson informed that he was receiving treatment at a local medical centre.

In a post, Trump said he knew immediately that something was wrong in that he claimed that he heard a whizzing sound, and shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Trump further wrote that much bleeding took place, so he realized then what was happening.

The incident received condemnation from across the US political spectrum, with President Joe Biden, who spoke to Trump late on Saturday, describing the incident as sick and said the reason why the US needs to be united. There’s no place in America for this kind of violence, Biden asserted.

International leaders also have denounced the act of violence, with UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer saying, he was appalled by the shocking scenes. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he would pray for President Trump’s speedy recovery. There were conflicting reports about the cause of Trump’s injury.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, also expressed his concern over the assassination attempt on former US President Trump and said violence has no place in politics and democracies.

PM Modi wished him a speedy recovery. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people”, he added. 

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister safe after surviving multiple gunshot

The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

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Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed today that Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is stable, with his life no longer in immediate danger, following an alarming incident where he was shot multiple times.

The Prime Minister was shot by an assassin while he was leaving a meeting on Wednesday.The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Fico was urgently airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent extensive surgery that lasted several hours. Defence Minister Robert Kalinak, addressing reporters from outside the hospital where Fico was receiving treatment on Wednesday, described the Prime Minister’s condition as critical, emphasising that he was fighting for his life.

The identity of the suspect is yet unconfirmed as the police further investigate. Unconfirmed reports from local media suggest that the assailant may have been a 71-year-old writer and political activist.

A video is currently circulating in which the alleged perpetrator can be seen. In the clip, he mentions that he does not agree with government policy.

The shooting has sparked international concern. Expressing shock over the incident, PM Modi conveyed his solidarity with the people of the Slovak Republic, wishing Prime Minister Fico a speedy recovery. He strongly condemned the shooting, denouncing it as a cowardly and despicable act while emphasising the need for unity against such violent acts and reaffirming India’s support for Slovakia during these challenging times.

Earlier, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen also expressed disapproval of the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico . On X, she stated that such acts of violence have no place in society, undermining democracy, the most precious common good. Von der Leyen extended her thoughts to Prime Minister Fico and his family, highlighting the European Union’s solidarity during this challenging time. The condemnation from EU leadership underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a united stance against violence targeting political figures. As the investigation unfolds, international support for Slovakia remains steadfast, emphasising the importance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring the safety of leaders across Europe.

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