US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia during his first official overseas trip this week was essentially a declaration of war against Iran and Shia Muslims and signaled an alliance with Wahhabi regimes, an investigative journalist in Washington says.
“I think its very problematic for President Trump to have gone to this summit in Riyadh which I believe he was actually used by the Saudis to promote their interests,” said Wayne Madsen, an author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs.
“What Trump effectively did was declare war on the Shia religion; he aligned himself with these Wahhabist regimes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait [and the] United Arab Emirates,” Madsen said during a phone interview with Press TV on Friday.
“He even said that past problems between the US and Bahrain are over with; we know he’s selling them weapons now,” Madsen added.
Saudi Arabia was the first stop on Trump’s first international trip this week. No other US president has made Saudi Arabia their first foreign visit.
Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signed a “strategic vision” agreement in Riyadh on May 20 to bolster cooperation on military, economics and other areas.