After Peddling Islamophobia, Trump To Give Speech On Islam While In Saudi Arabia
President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech on radical Islam to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia later this month, the White House announced Tuesday.
Trump will embark on his first foreign trip as president at the end of May, with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy. The president portrayed his Middle East visit as an attempt to build interfaith cooperation among Muslims, Christians and Jews to fight terrorism.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump will address leaders from 50 Muslim-majority countries, “where he will deliver an inspiring but direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president’s hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world,” according to The Hill.
McMaster said the speech will aim “to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners.”
While in Saudi Arabia, Trump will also “participate in the founding of a new center intended to fight radicalism and promote moderation,” McMaster said.
It’s unclear whether any of the leaders present for Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia will be from the seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen — that he singled out in his first attempt at a travel ban.
I think Islam hates us.
Donald Trump in March 2016
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir described Trump’s visit to the kingdom as “a clear and powerful message that the U.S. harbors no ill will” toward Arab and Muslim countries, he told reporters in Washington earlier this month. “It also lays to rest the notion that America is anti-Muslim.”
But Trump’s antagonism toward Islam and Muslims is far from laid to rest. The president’s anti-Muslim rhetoric continues to haunt his efforts to impose a […]