Prez Zuma congratulates President of Iran
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 17:40
Trump's scripted speech - which he said was meant to deliver a message of "friendship and hope and love" - struck a softer tone on Islam than at his fiery campaign rallies a year ago.
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Mr Trump's remarks came in a meeting with dozens of regional leaders who gathered in Riyadh for a summit with the USA president and Saudi King Salman.
The US President Donald Trump said the fight against extremism is "a battle between good and evil", calling on Muslim nations to take a lead in stamping out terror.
The secretary of state accompanied President Donald Trump and other senior officials on the president's first foreign trip since assuming office.
NOW: Trump called on Muslim leaders to address "the crisis of Islamic extremists" and referenced "the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds".
In a June 2016 posting on Facebook, Trump said, "Saudi Arabia and numerous countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Instead, we are here to offer partnership - based on shared interests and values", Trump said.
He appealed to Muslim nations to ensure that "terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil" and announced an agreement with Gulf countries to fight financing for extremists.
Even as the American president pledged to work alongside Middle Eastern nations, he put the onus for combating terrorism on the region. "Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities!"
Trump continues his first global trip on Monday in Israel.
Trump will hold formal meetings Monday with Israel's president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, both of whom greeted Trump upon his arrival.
The closest Trump came to acknowledging the human rights situation was a call for the region's leaders to stand together against "the oppression of women".
Trump did not hesitate to single out Iran in his speech.
"This deal has President Trump throwing gasoline on a house fire and locking the door on his way out", said Eric Ferrero, communications director of Amnesty International USA. Drive them out of your holy land.
THEN: Trump routinely railed against Obama and Democratic campaign rival Hillary Clinton for failing to use the specific phrase, "radical Islamic terrorism".
He wrote in June a year ago: "Saudi Arabia and numerous countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. I understand it's important to get the message of what we're doing out, but I also think there's only a objective in getting the message out when there's something to be done".
At the beginning of the summit, King Salman said Riyadh had "had enough of its hostile practices and its interferences in Yemen and other countries in the region". He declared Islam "one of the world's great faiths". After raving about a "very bright, very attractive young woman" at a venture capital panel he attended on the trip, Ross noted the absence of any protestors during the visit, in contrast to the situation in the US.
Soon after Trump embarked on his trip on Friday, he was hit with more accusations that, with Comey's firing on May 9, he was trying to squelch a federal investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation previous year.