US President Donald Trump looks at the Order of Abdulla al-Saud medal which he received from Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN
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As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama for failing to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism". He accused the foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton of corruption for accepting charitable contributions from Saudi Arabia and chastised first lady Michelle Obama for not covering her head during a visit to the kingdom. Now that he's president, Trump has changed his tune.Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, at the start of his first trip abroad as president, has produced a number of statements that run counter to the harsh, anti-Muslim rhetoric from his 2016 campaign.TERRORISM'THEN: Trump routinely railed against Obama and Democratic campaign rival Hillary Clinton for failing to use the specific phrase, "radical Islamic terrorism". In an August 2016 speech, for example, Trump said Obama's 2009 speech to the Muslim World in Egypt lacked "moral courage" and was replete in naivete. Trump spoke about the devastation that violent extremists have unleashed across the Middle East but made clear that he believes it's up to leaders of those countries to act to contain the problem.NOW: Trump heaped praised on the Saudis Sunday, describing the country as a "magnificent kingdom".
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