In the eyes of many, the 2016 presidential election became a choice: either drain the swamp with Trump, or keep it intact with Hillary.
Liberals had a fit when Trump won (and that’s putting it lightly).
Now, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister uttered a phrase on Trump’s first day of his overseas tour that is sure to “trigger” liberals into another fit and remind them of their loss.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said during a press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that a productive relationship between the U.S. and the Islamic nation could “drain the swamp” of Islamic extremism.
Cue the cries of liberal outrage.
“If we can change the conversation in the Islamic world from enmity towards the U.S. to partnership with the U.S. and if we can change the conversation in the U.S. and in the West from enmity towards the Islamic world to one of partnership … we will have drained the swamp from which extremism and terrorism emanates,” the Foreign Minister said.
Saudi Foreign Minister: By changing conversation btw. West, Islam from enmity to partnership, we will "have drained the swamp" of extremism. pic.twitter.com/UlbcwJHEwd
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 20, 2017
“Drain the swamp” is a phrase used mostly in American politics dating back to the early 20th century. It was most recently coined by President Donald Trump during his campaign for the White House last year.
While on the campaign trail, Trump routinely promised to “drain the swamp” of the entrenched Washington establishment, lobbyists and other power brokers that for too long have controlled the nation’s capital and political system.
To fulfill his promise to “drain the swamp,” Trump announced plans for Washington ethics reforms, lobbyist reforms and plans to repeal laws passed by the Washington establishment, such as Obamacare.
Still, the phrase isn’t one that’s used outside of American politics and its resurface in Riyadh during Trump’s first foreign trip as president may be enough to give a liberal or two a little post-traumatic stress disorder.
The comment was made during the joint press conference with Tillerson where the two discussed Trump inking a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Tillerson said the deal would lessen the need for U.S. intervention in the Middles East and give Saudi Arabia the ability to better fight extremist groups.
During President Trump’s 9-day trip overseas, he’s expected to make stops in Israel, Italy, and Belgium.