“Bravo President Trump,” tweeted Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister, who described the speech as “effective and historic” and “defining [an] approach towards extremism and terrorism with candid respect and friendship.”
“America’s role reaffirmed,” he concluded in another tweet.
That view was echoed by Dubai’s head of general security, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, a controversial figure who came out in support of Trump’s attempt to temporarily ban travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries.
He tweeted, approvingly, that Iran — which was a major target of Trump’s speech — “is outside the Islamic world’s matrix in the Riyadh Summit…. When you isolate yourself from the world you are isolated.”
But many Muslims, especially those outside the Persian Gulf states, were less enthusiastic.