Trump singles out ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ in inaugural speech

Published January 21st, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up in front of House Speaker Paul Ryan after being presented a photo of his inauguration during the Inaugural Luncheon following his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. (AFP/Molly Riley)
US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up in front of House Speaker Paul Ryan after being presented a photo of his inauguration during the Inaugural Luncheon following his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. (AFP/Molly Riley)

In his inaugural address Friday, US President Donald Trump singled out the battle against Islamic extremism as the core of his foreign policy, AFP reported.

As he took office, Trump vowed to work with allies to eradicate threats posed by extremist militant groups.

"We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth," Trump declared.

Fighting extremism abroad was a central feature of both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, but Trump has gone further in suggesting that the fight is a battle for civilization between America and threats he sees as inherent to the Islamic faith.

While the rest of his speech was thin on policy specifics, his pledge to form new alliances suggests he intends to work much more closely with Russia than his predecessors.

Moscow and Washington have been at odds over the war in Syria since Russia deployed forces in 2015 to bolster Bashar al-Assad's regime. 


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