May 20, 2017

Saudis give Trump a reception fit for a king

By Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Politico

Journalist(s) Annie Karni

President Donald Trump had to travel to someone else’s kingdom to get the respect he has always craved.

From his airport greeting by King Salman of Saudi Arabia — a courtesy that was never extended to his predecessor, President Barack Obama — to the military flyover and cannons that accompanied his descent from Air Force One, to a lavish cardamon coffee ceremony and medal presentation at the Royal Court, the American president on Saturday was treated like a real-life king.

For Trump, a son of Queens who has never overcome his outer-borough-outsider mentality, his election as president has only seemed to increase his feelings that everyone is against him. “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,” Trump railed during a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy last week.

Read the full article at Politico.

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...