When it was announced that President Donald Trump would deliver a speech on Islam during his time in Saudi Arabia, his critics assumed the worst.

Despite their misgivings, though, Trump's speech was decidedly diplomatic, even earning praise from some unlikely media figures.

As 2016 presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) told CNN, however, the tone of the president's speech might help him achieve another objective as well: passing his beleaguered travel order through the courts.

Both versions of Trump's executive order on immigration — which sought to temporarily ban travel from Muslim-majority countries including Syria, Libya, and Iran — have been blocked by the courts for essentially the same reason, because it was determined that it “was intended to disfavor Muslims.”

These opinions also took into account some of Trump's own words on the issue, such as his campaign promises to specifically instate a “Muslim ban.”

According to Santorum, however, the tone that Trump struck in his Saudi Arabia speech could play a key role in the legal fight to reinstate those travel orders:

"It's going to be very hard now to just say, 'This is a Muslim hater, he hates Islam, he wants to ban Muslims.'

All the Solicitor [General] now has to do now is play parts of that speech, and you've now deflected that."

In his speech in Saudi Arabia, for instance, Trump told his listeners that he had come “to deliver a message of friendship and hope,” referring to Islam as “one of the world's great faiths.”

For what it's worth, Santorum isn't alone in this opinion.

As Cornell University immigration law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr told LawNewz:

"The courts considering Trump's travel ban may be interested in the President's recent speeches in the Middle East before they decide their cases.

However, to do that, they will have to ask both sides to file supplemental briefs to put the recent speeches into the appropriate legal context."

See President Trump's full speech from Saudi Arabia, in which he urged the people of the Middle East to “drive out the terrorists and extremists” from their nations:

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