Watch President Donald Trump’s speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Donald Trump will use the nation that is home to Islam’s holiest site as a backdrop to call for Muslim unity in the fight against terrorism Sunday, as he works to build relationships with Arab leaders.
On the second day of his first trip abroad, Trump sought to demonstrate that he’d made progress with an agreement with Gulf Arab states on countering terrorist funding.
Under the memorandum of understanding with the Gulf Cooperation Council announced in Saudi Arabia, participants are pledging to prosecute the financing of terrorism, including individuals. The White House did not immediately release the document. But White House adviser Dina Powell said she hoped the deal with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would be the “farthest reaching commitment to not finance terrorist organizations” and would lead to prosecutions.
The President’s speech on Sunday was the centerpiece of his two-day visit to the Saudi Kingdom. He addressed the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries to drive out terrorists and their evil ideology, drive them out of their places of worship, their countries, and the world. He called terrorists the “Soldiers of Evil” and he made the pledge that the United States will not try to tell these Middle East countries how to live, how to worship, or how to defend themselves, but, rather, the United States will stand with them united against all forms of terror.
This is quite possibly the best speech a U.S. president has ever given to leaders of the Middle East, because Trump didn’t patronize them, he didn’t give them meaningless platitudes. He simply told the leaders that America wants peace in the region and around the world, he poingted out what real peace would mean to them and their people, and the president pointed out that we cannot achieve an end to radical Islam without their involvement.
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