Donald Trump fails to raise Saudi Arabia’s human rights record on Middle East tour

As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the “magnificent” kingdom and “the grandeur of this remarkable place.” 

Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record

“We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” Trump declared Sunday. 

Trump’s willingness to set aside human rights as a principal foreign policy has been one constant in his chaotic administration. Yet the absence of any public reference to the kingdom’s treatment of women and political opponents during his two-day visit was still jarring, particularly when contrasted with his affectionate embrace of the royal family. 

The closest Trump came to acknowledging the human rights situation was a call for the region’s leaders to stand together against “the oppression of women.” A White House official later said the president did raise…

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