The Hill reports that the White House is attempting to squelch any hint that President Trump placated his Saudi hosts by refusing to utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism” during a speech in that country.
“He’s just an exhausted guy,” the official told reporters on background, after many pointed out that Trump avoided the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” during the speech to leaders of more than 50 Muslim-majority nations.
Trump diverted slightly from his prepared remarks in using “Islamic” rather than “Islamist.”
After remaining largely on script, that diversion caught the attention of many listeners who were curious to see whether Trump would use his key phrase.
Instead, Trump used words terms like, “Islamic extremism, and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds.”