President Donald Trump is set to deliver a speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia, AFP reported Tuesday.
National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said Trump will give an “inspiring, direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president's hope for a peaceful vision of Islam.”
Predictably, critics had plenty to say about the president's planned speech:
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman declared Trump a “true friend of Muslims” and said he was impressed by the president's stance on Islam. Saudi Arabia is considered to be the birthplace of Islam and still observes many strict tenets of the religion.
Critics have accused Trump of being Islamophobic, citing his controversial travel ban that included predominantly Islamic countries.