Trump says terrorists 'worship death at Arab Islamic Summit
May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Trump will use the nation that is home to Islam's holiest site as a backdrop to call for Muslim unity in the fight against terrorism Sunday, as he works to build relationships with Arab leaders. President Donald Trump is painting the fight against extremists as "a battle between good and evil."
Donald Trump said America would support Middle East leaders in fighting Islamic extremism, but only if they "drive them out of this Earth."
Speaking at a summit on Islamic Extremism in Ryadh, Saudi Arabia, he promised to build stronger ties with allies and said he would not impose US ideology upon them.
But he warned the meeting of leaders they must decide for themselves what kind of future they want for the region.
He said: "America is prepared to stand with you in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.
"The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their country and frankly for their families and for their children.Trump is saying in his first major foreign policy address as president that the fight against terrorism "is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between those who seek to obliterate human life and those who seek to protect it."He says that, "terrorist don't worship God. They worship death."
Trump is speaking in front of an audience of leaders from Arab and Muslim-majority nations.
He says the U.S. is prepared to stand with those leaders in the fight against extremists, but that those countries must take the lead.
He urged them to drive extremists "out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your community. Drive them out of your holy land."
In his address to the Arab-Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Trump is vowing to "strengthen America's oldest friendships, and to seek new partners in pursuit of peace."
Trump promised "that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit cooperation and trust."
King Salman of Saudi Arabia says he is committed to stamping out the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations.
Salman is speaking at a gathering of the leaders of more than 50 majority-Muslim countries attending the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh.
He says that "we all, peoples and countries, reject in every language and in every form damaging the relations of Muslim countries with friendly countries and profiling countries based on a religious or sectarian basis."
He's also railing against Iran, calling the country "the spearhead of global terrorism."