Former President Obama, in his June 2009 speech, told Muslim leaders, “We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world”.
It also became plain that Mr Trump has given his endorsement to the Islamic Military Alliance, created only recently by Saudi Arabia as a force against Shia Iran though ostensibly it is meant to be against terrorism. Still, it’s going to take more than words to end the extremist violence that Trump criticized on Sunday.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations”.
In the grand King Abdulaziz Conference Centre, with crystal chandeliers and gold-rimmed side tables laden with snacks and sterling silver pens, the leaders listened to Mr Trump’s first official speech to leaders overseas since his inauguration.
The Iranian president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran a year ago, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. “This is a battle between those who seek to obliterate human life and those who seek to protect it”. Trump used both terms interchangeably, CNN reports.
“The president will call it whatever he wants to call it”, McMaster said on ABC. “Islamic” references the Muslim religion, while “Islamist” refers to extremist movements trying to draw support from the Muslim world.
The rhetorical error could have potentially derailed Trump’s overall message.
Trump also announced that he signed “historic agreements” with the Saudi to invest in each other’s countries, including a $110 billion Saudi purchase from US defense contractors.
“He’s just an exhausted guy”, a senior White House official told reporters on background, per The Hill. The phrase “bint Trump” is Arabic for daughter of Trump.
Mr Trump, wearing a black skullcap, became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall on Monday.
A senior US official traveling with Trump said Washington understands what he described as Israel’s “completely legitimate” concerns and pledged to help the Jewish state maintain its military advantage.
“Because if you look at all their government is in Jerusalem”, she said.
The secretary of state said Trump is “increasing his own perspectives”.