President Donald Trump made his first public address abroad since taking office on January 20th, speaking Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to condemn radical Islamic terror and call for a united front in the region against terrorism.
The president called the war on terrorism a struggle against “barbaric criminals”, and criticized his predecessor, President Obama, and others for not acknowledging the threat posed specifically by radical Islam.
“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, all in the name of religion. People want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”
“That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds,” President Trump added.
The president, who landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday - the first stop in a five-state trip – addressed the Muslim world, calling for the “foot soldiers of evil” to be driven out of Islam.
“Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth.”
During his speech, the president singled out the Hamas and Hezbollah terror organizations, listing them alongside ISIS and Al-Qaeda as the greatest purveyors of terrorism.
Some estimates say that more than 95% of the victims of terrorism, are themselves Muslims. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering can begin to capture its full measure. ISIS, Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas - it must be counted not just in the number of dead, but in generations of vanished dreams."
The terrorists, Trump continued “do not worship God, they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, we know what will be the end result.”
A spokesman for the Hamas terror group slammed Trump after the speech, accusing him of a pro-Israel bias.
"The statement describing Hamas as a terror group is rejected and is a distortion of our image and shows a complete bias to the Zionist occupation," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.