(National Sentinel)Â Diplomacy:Â President Donald J. Trump’s first overseas trip – to the Middle East, which was of course by design to show how important the region is to his foreign policy efforts – has been almost universally praised, both by host countries and U.S. politicos and pundits.
But another potentially more important voice belonging to an Islamic reformer says thus far Trump’s trip has been “genius.”
“A while ago, just over a year ago, I started a petition to have a boycott of the government of Saudi Arabia. I knew, as a Muslim, that that was not going to happen. I voted for Donald Trump because I believed that he was going to be able to figure out some way that we could challenge the extremism,” Asra Nomani, co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement and author of “Standing Alone: An American Womanâ€™s Struggle for the Soul of Islam,” told Breitbart News’ SiriusXM host Alex Marlow.
“I knew that with bases in Qatar and Saudi Arabia that weâ€™re going to have to cut some kind of a deal. Weâ€™re going to have to incentivize these guys in a way that was not going to be aligned with my ideas of a boycott against these exporters of extremism,” she continued.
â€œThis week, in a scenario that I could never have imagined, Donald Trump went there to Saudi Arabia, did the sword dance, got the golden necklace â€“ all moments that turned my stomach as a Muslim, as a Muslim reformer especially,â€ Nomani said. â€œBut then the next day, through the genius that he has figured out, he was able to have this audience in which he dared to call out Islamic extremism.â€
â€œFolks have tried to do this tap dance that he was tired and didnâ€™t mean to say â€˜Islamic.â€™ Well, he said Islamic. He said Islamist. He called it out, and he said what needs to be said, which is it needs to be destroyed. It needs to be rooted out of our communities, out of our mosques,â€ she told Marlow.
So far, she has adjudgedÂ President Trumpâ€™s trip to the Middle East to beÂ â€œgenius.â€
“I could never have imagined that a President of the United States would get flying rights to go from Saudi Arabia to Israel,â€ she said.
â€œThat happened, and he even uttered the words â€˜Israelâ€™ and â€˜Netanyahuâ€™ in Saudi Arabia without somebody throwing off their shoe and flying it across the chandelier room to smack him in the face. Itâ€™s unbelievable,â€ she observed, humorously citing the Arab custom of throwing shoes to express severe disapproval.
Try as his #nevertrump haters might, this trip has been a massive success for the president and is adding much credence to his ability to conduct foreign policy in manner that is less substance and more focused on results.