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14th June 2017 - Quoted by Jay Solomon, Felicia Schwartz, Jonathan Cheng - The Wall Street Journal

American Jailed in North Korea Returns Home After Mission to Free Him

Anthony Ruggiero

The White House secretly sent a diplomatic mission to North Korea this week to recover a U.S. citizen who the Trump administration had learned was in a life-threatening coma, senior U.S. officials said, an episode that could inflame tensions with Pyongyang.

2nd June 2017 - Quoted by Egypt Today Staff - Egypt Today

Ex-US security adviser on Qatar’s appeasement of terrorism

John Hannah

Qatar’s relations with Arab and Gulf States have strained in the recent days following Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’ remarks against neighboring countries, which have declared their war on terrorism; senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies John Hannah said in...

2nd June 2017 - The Weekly Standard

‘Principled Realism’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic militancy.

31st May 2017 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses President Trump's efforts to recruit Middle Eastern countries to fight terrorism.

31st May 2017 - The Washington Times

The battles of Britain and Egypt

Clifford D. May

The slaughter of 22 concertgoers in Manchester last week was followed four days later by the murder of 29 Christians traveling by bus to a monastery in the desert south of Cairo. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks. In an internet video, a masked spokesman denounced the...

30th May 2017 - Fox News

Trump, Germany’s Merkel clash over trade, NATO and ‘Western values’

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany and the U.S. emerged from Memorial Day weekend in a war of words, as Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners attacked America’s reliability as a world power and President Trump fired back on Twitter.

28th May 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Qatar faces threat of punitive legislation as US officials decry Brotherhood ties

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

Qatar, a key ally of the United States in the Middle East, is facing accusa­tions in Wash­ington that it has been playing a double game: Showing a friendly face to the United States while supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and radical offshoots of the Islamist move­ment, such as Hamas....

27th May 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report with Paul Gigot

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses Trump's first trip abroad and it's implications for U.S. foreign policy

26th May 2017 - Quoted by Jessica Holzer - Foreign Policy

Boeing’s Iran Deal Puts Trump in Tough Spot

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Boeing’s planned multibillion-dollar aircraft sales to Iran are facing a growing backlash from Republicans in Washington, but one key politician has stayed silent: Donald Trump.

26th May 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Unfinished Business

Thomas Joscelyn

Donald Trump is fond of claiming that his predecessor mismanaged America's role in the world. "And I have to just say that the world is a mess. I inherited a mess," the president noted during a joint press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Rose Garden on April 5. "Whether it's...

23rd May 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorrell - USA Today

What would it take to jump-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks?

Jonathan Schanzer

President Trump ended his visit to the Middle East, saying peace between Israelis and Palestinians is possible and promising “to do everything I can” to bring it about.

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by Adam Abrams - JNS.org

Amid airtight security, Trump visit brings hope of ‘historic gains’ in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

In Jerusalem Sunday night, as the city prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of its reunification, Israel’s capital felt more like a city under siege than in the midst of a celebration. The airtight security came as President Donald Trump was set to arrive in Jerusalem the next day.

22nd May 2017 - WMAL Am 630

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses Trump's first trip abroad and its implications for US foreign policy.

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Trump, experts see opportunity for progress toward Israel-Palestine peace

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump said Monday that he has a feeling a renewed effort to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine will eventually lead to an agreement in “one of the toughest deals of all.”

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by Emily Tamkin and Robbie Gramer - Foreign Policy

Israel won’t let Trump’s stumbles get in the way of good relations with Washington

John Hannah

President Donald Trump, in Israel for the second leg of his first trip abroad as president, seemed to confirm that the classified intelligence he reportedly shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indeed came from Israel.

22nd May 2017 - The Blaze

Dana

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD research fellow Benjamin Weinthal comments on Trump's visit to Israel.

21st May 2017 - Quoted by Eric Cortellessa - The Times of Israel

In Israel, Trump’s success will hinge on the news back home

US President Donald Trump’s first visit to Israel couldn’t have come at a worst time for his presidency.

21st May 2017 - Quoted by Peter Baker and Michael Shear - The New York Times

Trump Softens Tone on Islam but Calls for Purge of ‘Foot Soldiers of Evil’

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump on Sunday pivoted away from his strident assessment of Islam as a religion of hatred as he sought to redefine American leadership in the Middle East and rally the Muslim world to join him in a renewed campaign against extremism.

20th May 2017 - Quoted by Yeganeh Torbati and Jonathan Landay - Reuters

U.S. calls on Iran to halt support for ‘destabilizing forces’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is unlikely to change the skepticism with which he is viewed by the Trump administration as the public face of a government opposed to U.S. interests and allies in the Middle East, former U.S. officials and analysts said.

20th May 2017 - Huffington Post

Turning the Page on Hate: Trump’s Counter-Extremism Effort Should Address Saudi Textbooks

David Andrew Weinberg

Donald Trump is in Saudi Arabia this weekend for the first stop on his first foreign trip as president. He announced that he would use the trip to “begin to construct a new foundation... to combat extremism” and will be delivering a speech tomorrow on tolerance to leaders from roughly...

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