President Donald Trump urged Muslim-majority countries to redouble their efforts to confront extremism, urging them to join the U.S. in the fight against terrorists in the effort he describes as a “battle between good and evil,” The Daily Caller reports.
Trump made the remarks in front of leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries who attended the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam.
“Drive. Them. Out. 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 his Earth,” the president told the Muslim leaders.
The speech was a stark contrast to Trump’s previous comments on Islam during the campaign.
Back then, he criticized Muslims and even once said during an interview, “I think Islam hates us” and “there’s a tremendous hatred there.”
His Sunday speech also includes a strong message to terrorists, “if you choose the path of terror, your life will be brief.”