A photograph of President Trump in Saudi Arabia with his hands on a glowing orb is making a buzz online.
Here’s the explanation from Australia’s ABC, May 21, 2017:
Mr Trump, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman gathered around a luminescent sphere, in a tableau which drew comparisons to scenes from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter on social media.
But no, this isn’t the Eye of Sauron or some gadget from Dumbledore’s study.
During his first presidential trip to Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump, along with King Salman and Mr el-Sisi, were opening the new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology.
The simultaneous touching of the ornamental globe signified the official start to the facility’s operations, and appears to have been intended as a gesture of solidarity for peace and shared values.
The centre has employed data analysts from across the world to monitor and analyse extremist propaganda and communications on both traditional and online platforms.
The opening of the centre followed Mr Trump’s major speech in which he called on Middle Eastern leaders to combat a “crisis of Islamic extremism” emanating from the region.
Mr Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders who have set aside his past campaign rhetoric, instead focusing on his desire to crack down on Iran.
In 2016 Mr Trump declared that “Islam hates us”.
But on Sunday, standing before dozens of Muslim world leaders, he said Islam was “one of the world’s great faiths”.
So, nothing sinister there — although the pic will be good fodder for a FOTM Caption Contest. 😉