President Trump focused on unifying Muslim nations in the fight against terrorism in a Sunday speech on Islam in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, shying away from his harsher comments against the religion on the campaign trail.
Mr. Trump said the U.S. will not “impose” an American way of life on the Muslim-majority nations represented in the room where he gave his speech, while calling on them to unite in the global fight against terrorism.
Notably, the president did not utter the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” words former President Obama declined to use during his time in office but that Mr. Trump used frequently on the campaign trail. Mr. Trump emphasized the fight against terrorism isn’t a battle between different faiths, but “battle between good and evil” — and a battle that other Muslim nations must lead. The president called on Muslim nations to “drive them (terrorists) out of your Holy Land, and drive the out of this earth.”
“Muslim nations must be willing to take on terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion,” Mr. Trump said.
“Barbarism will bring you no glory,” Mr. Trump continued. “Piety to evil will bring you no dignity.”
“If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty. Your life will be brief. And your soul will be fully condemned,” the president said, in one of his strongest statements in the speech.