The New Spin to Explain President's 'Islamic Extremism' Comment in Saudi Arabia: Trump's 'Exhausted'
During a speech before a gathering of Arab nations in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, President Donald Trump created a bit of a stir when he referred to “Islamic extremism” — as opposed to “Islamist extremism.”
While Trump has referred to “'radical Islamic extremism” in the past on numerous occasions, he reportedly went off-script during the speech.
Critics submit that referring to the term “Islamic” in conjunction with “extremism” or “terrorism” suggests that the entirety of Islam is being castigated — hence the reference to “Islamist” is preferred.
The real furor came from some in media accompanying Trump on his first overseas trip as president — and it had less to do with his choice words and more to do with the excuse from a “White House staffer,” who reportedly claimed that Trump was “exhausted.”
CNN's Jim Acosta dutifully declared it was “game on,” tweeting:
Acosta, with whom Trump has vigorously sparred in the past, linked to a previous tweet, in which he said he was told an “oversight” was the reason for Trump's comment:
Nonetheless, as reported by The Blaze and others, members of the “mainstream media” were quick to jump on the reference to Trump being “exhausted.”
The tweets came eagerly, in remembrance of Trump's “lack of stamina” charge against Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign:
Like blood in the water to sharks, in the eyes of liberals. Off they went:
Finally, “Boom Boom Room” used the incident to take a shot at Trump over his proposed “Muslim ban”:
Trump has won praise from some members of the mainstream media, including MSNBC White House reporter Ali Vitali, ABC's Jonathan Karl, and CNN's chief national correspondent, John King.