22 May 2017 - Trump Calls on Middle Eastern Nations to 'Drive Out' Extremists
Jordna Fabian and Alicia Cohn (The Hill, 21/05/2017)
President Trump on Sunday implored Muslim nations to form a new coalition to defeat extremism in a high-stakes speech meant to ease fears that the U.S. is at war with Islam.
Speaking in Saudi Arabia during his first foreign trip as president, Trump struck a more accommodating tone toward Islam, a religion he repeatedly targeted during his presidential campaign.
"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. We are here to offer partnership based on shared interests and values,” he told leaders of more than 50 Muslim-majority nations gathered in Riyadh.
First Foreign Trip
(Fox News, 21/05/2017)
During his second day of his first trip abroad, Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will address the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries to cast the challenge of extremism as a “battle between good and evil” and urge Arab leaders to “drive out the terrorists from your places of worship,” according to a draft of the speech.
“Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God,” Trump is expected to say according to excerpts of his speech. “Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination.”
Moving Away from anti-Islamic Rhetoric
Martin Chulov (The Guardian, 21/05/2017)
Donald Trump has attempted to stake a claim as a figure who can mobilise the Muslim world against extremism, using his much-anticipated speech on Islam as a rallying call for global cooperation rooted in reform, trade and faith.
Speaking in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in front of leaders from more than 40 Muslim nations, the US president vowed to meet “history’s great test” by conquering extremism with the help of countries who have suffered most from it.
In a marked divergence from the strident anti-Islamic rhetoric that characterised his campaign, he instead pledged not to “lecture” or “tell other people how to live … or how to worship”.
Michael A. Memoli (The Los Angeles Times, 21/05/2017)
Citing what he called a “battle between good and evil,” President Trump urged a summit of Arab leaders Sunday to do far more to fight extremism and terrorism, refining his harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric for a joint call to arms in the birthplace of Islam.
In the first major foreign policy address of his presidency, Trump also made clear that his administration would break with the two previous occupants of the White House by not promoting human rights or democratic reforms in a region rife with rigidly controlled societies.
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