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 “an inspiring yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters, noting that the president will also touch on his dream “for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world.”
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.
“By 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,” 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.