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In Saudi Arabia, Trump Says Fight Against Terrorism A 'Battle Between Good And Evil'

In his first foreign trip as president, Trump stressed to leaders of Arab and Muslim-majority countries that "nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them."
President Trump delivers a speech Sunday to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. / Evan Vucci / Shutterstock.com

The fight against terrorism is a "battle between good and evil," not a fight between "different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations," President Trump said Sunday in a widely-anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia.

This is Trump's first foreign trip as president, and he delivered the address to leaders of dozens of Arab and Muslim-majority nations. The Saudis said at least 37 leaders are present, NPR's Jane Arraf reported from Riyadh.

The speech focused on pushing the leaders to do their "fair share" and fulfill "their part of the burden" in the fight against extremists. It did not emphasize human rights.

Trump told the leaders that the U.S. is prepared to "stand by you," but "the nations of

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