Trump Gives Speech in Saudi Arabia
On Sunday, President Donald Trump delivered a speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia. The speech was intended to show a shift from Trump’s more extreme statements that attacked Islam.
In the speech, he decided to emphasize the current US’s struggles as a war against terrorism, but he steered clear of using the term radical Islamic terrorism, which he used quite often on the campaign trail and even criticized former President Obama and Secretary Clinton for their refusal to use the term.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” said Trump. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.”
He called terrorists “foot soldiers of evil,” and explained that the world must stand together against terrorism.
“If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then we not only will be judged by our people, not only will be judged by history, but we will be judged by God,” said Trump.
He explained that the battle we are all facing is a battle between good and evil.
“Barbarism will deliver you no glory — piety to evil will bring you no dignity,” said Trump. “If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.”
Trump asked the leaders to drive the terrorist out of their countries.
“Drive them out,” said Trump. “Of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your Holy Land, and drive them out of this Earth!”
Trump explained that he believes the fight for stopping terrorism must start with these Middle Eastern countries.
“The nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children,” said Trump. “Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combating radicalization.”
He also touched on some of the US’s Middle Eastern allies concerns that the US focuses on lecturing them too much on human rights issues.
“America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens,” said Trump. “We are not here to lecture — we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership — based on shared interests and values — to pursue a better future for us all.”
Trump attacked Iranian officials for training terrorism and causing chaos in the region. He called on the other nations of the region to isolate Iran until the regime is “willing to be a partner of peace.”
The speech comes after Trump has experienced quite a warm welcome from the Saudis. He also signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday.