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Saudi Arabia's foreign minster speaks at a press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, where he employs the phrase "drain the swamp." (Image via Twitter/@ABCPolitics)

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister uttered a phrase Saturday that will surely enrage liberals and remind them of their loss in last year's presidential election.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said during a press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Saturday that a productive relationship between the U.S. and the Islamic world could "drain the swamp" of Islamic extremism, which currently plagues the Middle East, South East Asia, Northern Africa and other pockets of the world.

"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," al-Jubeir said.

"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.

The phrase represented all that Trump wanted his campaign to be — nationalistic, populistic, and one that represented the "little guy" that Washington forgot about — and quickly became diametrically opposed to what Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton represented.

Indeed, in many eyes, the 2016 presidential election became a choice between either draining the swamp or leaving it intact.

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.

Al-Jubeir's comments came during a joint press conference with Tillerson where the two discussed Trump inking a $110 billion arms deal with the Islamic kingdom. Tillerson said the deal would lessen the need for U.S. intervention in Middle East conflicts, while bolstering Saudi Arabia's ability to fight extremism groups.

Saturday marked the first day of Trump's 9-day foreign trip. In addition to Saudi Arabia, Trump is also slated to make stops in Israel, Italy and Belgium before coming back to the U.S. at the end of next week.

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