President Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia on Friday to meet with King Salman and the Saudi royal family. American Muslims widely criticized the move by Trump for meeting with a brutal monarch, who many feel is a poor custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam: Mecca and Medina. On Sunday, Trump delivered a highly-anticipated speech on Islam in front of the Saudi delegation and many other Arab, Asian and African nations during the Arab Islamic American Summit.
As an American Muslim who has lived in Pakistan and traveled to numerous countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, I was extremely skeptical that Trump would be able to deliver the right message to the Muslim world. I expected the president to give King Salman and the entire room the New York Salute and tell them to pay up for Sept. 11 or else there will be hell to pay.
Boy, was I wrong.