President Donald Trump is set to deliver a speech in Saudi Arabia today.
Trump is about to speak at the Arab Islamic American Summit to 50 Muslim countries in order to call for unity in the fight against radicalism. The speech will begin momentarily, and it can be viewed live in the embedded YouTube player.
The president, who during the campaign called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” is expected to soften his tone on Islam today, stressing that the fight against ISIS is a battle between good and evil.
“We are not here to lecture — to tell other peoples how to live, what to do or who to be,” a draft of the speech reads, according to The Associated Press. “We are here instead to offer partnership in building a better future for us all.”
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump regularly criticized Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” when they speak about the fight against ISIS. It will be worth watching Trump’s speech today, then, for any uses of this phrase; an early draft of the speech reported on by The Associated Press did not feature the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
During the course of this trip abroad, the Trump administration hopes to fight back against the perception that the president is anti-Muslim. Not long after taking office, Trump signed an executive order suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, but Saudi Arabia was not included as one of the banned countries.