Fight against terror a 'battle between good and evil'

Posted May 22, 2017

You can read a full report of Trump's speech via CNN. In office he ordered temporary bans on people from certain Muslim-majority countries, which have been blocked by courts that ruled they were discriminatory.

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations".

"We can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden", Trump said. "Everyone is saying that the Saudis are changing, but when a reporter for an Israeli outlet wants to join the USA president's press corps, he is not allowed on the plane", he said.

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. He implored Muslim leaders to aggressively fight extremists: "Drive them out of your places of worship".

Critics say the president didn't use one of his key campaign terms, "radical Islamic terrorism" during his speech, which signaled a softened approach.

The official said this was "very important" for the Trump White House to talk about, adding that the president stressed in many other meetings during his visit to Saudi Arabia that oppressing women will not lead to a great society. "Drive them out of your communities".

She is accompanying U.S. President Donald Trump on his first global visit since taking office in January, and told 200 female employees she tried to find balance between her role of First Lady and mother. The next stop on his nine-day tour will be Israel later Monday.

Makdisi pointed out that Trump equated Hezbollah, a Lebanese political and military group made up mostly of Shia Muslims, with ISIS and al Qaeda. An aide said later the president garbled the language because he was "just an exhausted guy".

The emir of Kuwait called the president "Brother Trump", and said he hoped to welcome him one day to the tiny country that a USA -led coalition liberated from Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War.

He praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, telling him, "You have done a tremendous job under trying circumstances".

Many were wondering how Trump's first overseas speech as president would go.

Trump's speech came amid a renewed courtship of the United States' Arab allies.

"I would not call it a constructive tone since that people in the region, particularly Jordanians, are looking for a more clear approach to the Israeli policies and an end to settlements, which may pave the way for a true two-state solution and end of occupation", he said.

The Palestinian group Hamas, which holds sway over the Gaza Strip, condemned Trump's words as a "slander against the reputation of the resistance of the (Palestinian) people". Trump included the Islamic Resistance movement Hamas in the terrorism list.

"One speech can not outweigh years of anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals - including an attempt to enact a Muslim ban by executive order, which his administration continues to defend in court", said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.