Trump In Saudi Arabia: 'This Is Not A Battle Between Different Faiths'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 0:01
"People that want to protect life, and protect their religion-this is a battle between good and evil", he said.
"If we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world", Trump said, "then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have".
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said his country wants the U.S. to know that they are "not an enemy" and are committed in the fights against extremist groups like Daesh, also known as the Islamic State. "Drive them out of your holy land".
His speech at an Arab-Islamic-American summit marked a dramatic departure from the rhetoric during his presidential campaign - most notable was his deliberate decision not to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" as he pointedly did as a candidate, the Wall Street Journal reported.
He said that terrorism must not only be measured by the number of dead, but the number of "vanished dreams".
Trump went onto explain that "a better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists".
President Trump seeks reform, not intervention, on Middle East tripThe policy is a big departure from the Obama administration which had hoped to bring Iran back into the global community with the nuclear deal.
"Of all places, the US president uses this bastion of democracy and moderation to attack Iran shortly after its democratic election", noted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the microblogging site.
King Salman gave Trump a remarkably warm greeting, meeting him at the steps of Air Force One on arrival, shaking the hand of Trump's wife, Melania, riding with Trump in his limousine and spending most of the day with him.
The Saudi king also felicitated Donald Trump with their highest civilian order.
He mentioned the US-Saudi agreement, announced today, to establish a center to fight sources of terror financing.
The countries - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain - are involved in the fight against the militants, but have been accused of backing the group and other Sunni militants - most notably in a 2014 email by Hillary Clinton released by Wikileaks.