by Federalist Papers
Robert Gehl reports in a speech designed to reach out to Muslims from around the world, President Donald Trump urged the civilized world to come together to battle the scourge of terrorism.
He rejected the idea that the fight is a battle between religions, but between good and evil.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” Trump said. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil.”
Trump managed to avoid using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” a phrase he has criticized President Obama and other Democrats for not using. Rather, he uses the term “Islamic extremism,” which may have the same meaning, but a different punch.
“That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires,” Mr. Trump said in a relatively low-key speech. “And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians.”
But Muslim countries must do more to confront extremism in their midst.
“The nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them,” he says. “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.”
The United States, for its part, will “make decisions based on real-world outcomes, not inflexible ideology,” and “whenever possible, we will seek gradual reforms, not sudden intervention,” he adds.
Trump said he was not there 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.”
When Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia – the first stop in an international trip that includes Israel and the Vatican – he was greeted by Saudi King Salman, a red carpet, royal guards, trumpeters and a jet flyover with red white and blue contrails.
Here is the entire speech:
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