In an article in the daily 'Okaz, Saudi columnist Hamoud Abu Taleb praised American democracy. “Here we witness and understand the practical realization of the concept of orderly transition of power.
“[Moreover,] as this important historic event takes place, life across the U.S. continues normally. There is no state of emergency, no disruption of business or public services and the country does not become [like] a military camp.
“This is how transition of power takes place in countries that respect their constitution and laws, apply democracy and implement it in a dignified manner.”
Speaking about how Russia moved into the Middle East in the power vacuum created by the last eight years of the Obama administration, Ebrahim Hamidi, the chief diplomatic correspondent of one of the most prominent pan-Arab newspaper Al Hayat (which is funded by Saudi Arabia), remarked, “Even if Trump wants to have a more assertive policy, he will not be able to bring America back as the strongest regional player. The Americans can’t go back to being the only superpower anymore.”
Hamidi added, “The scary thing is that to pave a way for an American role in the upcoming years needs vision and imagination. If you don’t have this vision, you might find yourself in confrontation. Or, completely giving up and handing it all to Russia.”
Saudi Minister of Information and Culture Adel Al Toraifi: “Congratulations to President Donald Trump…The government under the Saudi King Salman intends to deepen, develop and strengthen the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States in all areas for the benefits of the common interests of the countries and their people.”
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia is optimistic about Trump becoming president and announced he is eager to work with the new American administration.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expressed his hope for a new wave in the bilateral relations between Egypt and the U.S. with the Trump administration.
Elaborating on this point, journalist Sakina Fuad said, “The political implication of the phone call from Donald Trump to Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi show that the United States [now] acknowledges that what happened in Egypt on June 30, 2013 was a people’s revolution and that the national Egyptian army supported the will of the people and did not revolt against democracy as the previous administration of Barack Obama claimed.”
Speaking on Trump’s plans to change the “status quo” and move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority ruling party Fatah central committee member Jibril Rajoub stated, “This is a confrontation with the whole world and a declaration against it…I hope we build a strategy to muster all these forces.
“In Jerusalem, there are places that are sacred to 2.5 billion Muslims and Christians. What gives him the right to give it over to the 13 million Jews in the world?…Does he think he has the right to hand them over the keys to Al Aqsa mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher?
“We want this confrontation to be between this new fascist in the White House and the whole world – Christians as well as Muslims…everyone understands what the consequences will be if what this lunatic is talking about comes true..”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared his country will not, under any circumstances, renegotiate the nuclear agreement that was approved July 15, 2016 by Iran and world powers.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted, “Whatever Trump does, does not concern us at all, as we have our own options.”
These sentiments were explained by the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi who stated, “We can very easily snap back and go back…not only to where we were, but a much higher position technologically speaking.”
Salem Zahran, a Beirut-based media entrepreneur who runs media outlets in Syria and has close ties to the Syrian regime, predicted, “Trump is a businessman and if Syria were a company, he would see it as a losing company. Why would anyone invest in a losing company?
“Syria just wants Trump to be neutral. Now that they have Russia, they don’t need America.”