In the speech, the president attempted to draw a line between peaceful Muslims and terrorists, calling the war against terror, “a battle between good and evil,” according to CNN.
Trump stressed that the fight against terrorists was not a religious war, saying, “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 of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil.”
The president was conciliatory to his Muslim audience, calling Islam “one of the world’s great faiths.”
“There is still much work to be done. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds. We must stop what they’re doing to inspire — because they do nothing to inspire but kill,” Trump said. “In sheer numbers the deadliest toll has been exacted on Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations, ” he added. “More than 95% of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim.”
President Trump called upon Islamic nations to drive radicals out of their countries. “Drive them out,” he said. “Drive them out of your places of worship … drive them out of your holy land. Drive them out of this earth.”