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Oppose slaughter of Christians, Trump tells Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia

May 23, 2017

Addressing the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, President Donald Trump spoke about the war on terrorism and the persecution of Jews and Christians.

“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” he said. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion.”

“Of course, there is still much work to be done,” he said later. “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.”

President Trump added:

And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear—barbarism will deliver you no glory.

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  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2017 1:00 PM ET USA

    It's about time that something was said to the Saudis and I agree with another writer that the Saudis also need to practice tolerance of Christians in their own country. Many people who come to work there in that country are not Muslim. if they're going to have foreign workers, they'd better be prepared to accept non-Muslims.

  • Posted by: grateful1 - May. 23, 2017 9:22 PM ET USA

    I'm not a Trump fan, but at least he did something that hasn't been done for 8 years--he spoke truth to the Arab world: "There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death."

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - May. 23, 2017 7:00 PM ET USA

    Oppose the slaughter of Christians? Fine. Perhaps Trump could also ask the Saudis to oppose arresting Christians in Saudi Arabia for doing nothing more than practicing their faith in private. On 15 September 2014, the online version of the UK's Daily Mail newspaper reported that Islamist police in Saudi Arabia stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, while at the same time confiscating their Bibles.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 23, 2017 9:50 AM ET USA

    Trump's talk at the Arab Islamic Summit was excellent. But I wish it wasn't accompanied by a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.