President Donald Trump called for the Muslim countries to challenge “the crisis of Islamic extremism” on Sunday just before heading to Israel and the Vatican in an attempt to unite supporters of dissimilar faiths against terrorism in the world.
A Call to Fight Islamic Terrorism
Trump addressed the world’s leaders of Muslim nations asking them to unite with the United States to fight terrorism and to prevent the “wave of fanatical violence” committed under religion.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations,” Trump said. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people, all in the name of religion — people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”
Continuing his speech, Trump rejected former president Barack Obama’s goals of calling for democracy and human rights.
Trump’s policies to fight Islamic terrorism
“We are adopting a principled realism,” Trump stated. “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. Instead, we are here to offer partnership, based on shared interests and values.”
Trump asked the Muslim world to stand together against Iran because it funds terrorists and encourage a “craven ideology.”
Trump was talking to an assembly of leaders of around 50 Muslim nations at the Arab Islamic American Summit.
This was on the second day of Trump’s foreign trip just before heading to Israel on Monday to meet up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. It is scheduled for him to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall.
On Tuesday, Trump will give a speech at the Israel Museum and then go to Bethlehem for a brief meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President.