Monday 25 September 2017

Trump goes abroad - and the world holds its breath

President Donald Trump talks with Saudi King Salman as they pose for photos with leaders at the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: AP
President Donald Trump talks with Saudi King Salman as they pose for photos with leaders at the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: AP
Editorial

Editorial

Embattled on several fronts at home, US President Donald Trump has undertaken his first overseas trip amid much trepidation across the western world. He will visit the Middle East and America's traditional allies in Europe.

The new president has compounded this international anxiety by picking a small back-up team of inexperienced diplomats to advise him. As he meets key leaders from Muslim states, it is to be hoped there is not too much emphasis on some of Mr Trump's election campaign comments about Islam. But with such low expectations, it is also to be hoped that Mr Trump can surprise and avoid calamity. Ostensibly, his mission is to stimulate a semblance of unity in the battle against Isil terrorism.

Mr Trump told governments they need to do more to stamp out religious intolerance and extremism. In an ideal world, it may lead to a lessening of funds available to Isil to promulgate global murder, terror and outrage.

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