Trump Went Off-Script In His Speech About Terrorism
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 13:11
"But I think it's important that, whatever we call it, we recognize that [extremists] are not religious people", he continued.
Trump on Saturday signed a $110 billion defense deal with Saudi Arabia alongside Salman and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), one of Trump's rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said on CNN Sunday.
President Donald Trump today urged Arab leaders to purge their societies of "foot soldiers of evil" in a speech that put the burden on the region to "drive out" terrorism. He implored Muslim leaders to aggressively fight extremists: "Drive them out of your places of worship".
USA president Donald Trump dances with a sword in hand during the welcome ceremony at Saudi Arabia.
Washington is leading a coalition battling IS, a Sunni Muslim jihadist organisation, in Syria and Iraq, and Trump said he would hold a press conference "in about two weeks" on how the USA is faring in the battle. "Drive them out of your communities!"
White House aides have played down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting it as more symbolic than substantive. In his Saudi speech, Trump condemned "Islamic extremism", "Islamists", and "Islamic terror", but not once uttered the precise phrase he pressed Obama on. "We are not in a battle between religions but in a battle between good and evil", Trump said. Later the group talks about Islamophobia in the United States and the Muslims working to counter hateful narratives in the USA and around the world. "So too have the nations of Africa and South America".
In a statement following the meeting, Mr Trump addressed his meetings the previous day with Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, and said that there is growing realisation that they share a goal with Israel in their determination to defeat extremism and deter "the threat posed by Iran". "Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes", he said.
The president landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of his first trip overseas since taking office. He's been besieged by a series of revelations about the ongoing federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe.