Washington Post columnist David Ignatius told the MSNBC “Morning Joe” crew Monday that Donald Trump’s anti-Iranian outlook “resonates much more” with Middle Eastern countries than questions his proposed Muslim travel ban might raise.
“The crucial thing for the Saudis, for King Salman, is being tough with Iran,” Ignatius said of Trump’s weekend conversation with the Saudi King. “And the Saudis see the Syria war as an Iranian proxy war to take over a Sunni country.”
“They see in Donald Trump somebody who is prepared to stand up to Iran and is prepared to do safe zones,” he added. “Which Hillary Clinton talked about but President Obama never wanted to do.”
“That anti-Iranian theme resonates with the gulf much more than this question of whether he’s anti-Muslim.”