President Donald Trump will say the war on terrorism isn’t a battle between different faiths, according to excerpts from a keynote speech he’s set to deliver on Sunday in Riyadh, remarks aimed at easing concerns that America was at war with Islam.
Trump will also tell Middle Eastern allies not to wait for U.S. help to “crush” terrorist groups. “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,” he will say.
“This is a battle between good and evil.”
The excerpts didn’t include references to “radical Islamic terrorism,” a phrase he used throughout last year’s presidential campaign and into his first months in office to describe the central security challenge for the U.S. The phrase became a rallying cry for his domestic political base as did his pledge to keep open the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror detainees and his travel ban on people from various Muslim-majority countries, though that list does not include Saudi Arabia.
Trump’s travel ban has fueled concern among many Muslims that the U.S. president was targeting their faith.
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