President Donald Trump will embark to Saudi Arabia at the end of the week as part of his first multi-national trip that will see him meet with the leaders of over 50 Muslim-majority countries, a move that is expected to culminate with the commander in chief addressing the Middle Eastern people about the dangers of radical terrorism.
Trump is expected to deliver â€śan inspiring yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology,â€ť National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters, noting that the president will also touch on his dream â€śfor a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world.â€ť
In addition to his work directly combating violent Islamic ideologies, Trump will sit down for numerous meetings with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders alongside his visits with the heads of Muslim-majority countries.
According to the White House, Trump would also directly preside over the opening of a new institution in the region that will dedicated toward the fight against terrorism and would instead espouse a pro-moderation viewpoint. He will also engage with young Muslims on Twitter as part of the visit.
â€śBy establishing and operating this center, our Muslim friends, including Saudi Arabia, are taking a firm stand against extremism and those who use a perverted interpretation of religion to advance their criminal and political agenda,â€ť McMaster said.
Both the Trump administration and ranking Saudi officials have backed increased military action in Yemen. The president and Saudi Arabia also share a key adversary in Iran, with Trump seeking to limit the flow of arms to the mercurial country and Saudi Arabia fighting against it for wider power in the region.