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5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM   |      |   

 The speech in Saudi Arabia will be the first as a part of his first overseas trip after coming to power. Saudi Arabia visit will be followed by a day in Israel, after which he will travel to the Vatican to visit the pope, and from then on, he will proceed for the NATO meeting in Sicily. White House National Security adviser H.R. McMaster said the aim of this meeting is to “unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners.” He also revealed that the president would be meeting the ruler of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz for coffee and take part in the inauguration of a center, which will focus on fighting radicalism and promoting moderation. He added that by establishing the center, Saudi Arabia has shown it is a partner of the U.S. in the fight against extremism and against fundamentalists “who adopt a perverted interpretation of religion to advance their criminal and political agendas."

Trump’s speech will be an interesting event because of the prior speeches he has made on Islam and the ban that he recently instituted on the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. Until now, the president has been perceived as someone who is very much against Islam. Now that he is indicating that Muslims can be U.S. partners in fighting against radicalism, it will be interesting to note how his address will be received, both by Muslims, as well as by his supporters in the U.S.




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