TRUMP TO MID­DLE EAST: DRIVE OUT EX­TREM­ISTS

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1 Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump urged Arab and Is­lamic lead­ers on Sun­day to unite and do their share to de­feat Is­lamist ex­trem­ists, mak­ing an im­pas­sioned plea to “drive out” ter­ror­ists while ton­ing down his own harsh rhetoric about Mus­lims. Trump sin­gled out Iran as a key source of fund­ing and sup­port for mil­i­tant groups. His words aligned with the views of his Saudi Ara­bian hosts and sent a tough mes­sage to Tehran the day af­ter Has­san Rouhani won a sec­ond term as Iran’s pres­i­dent. The U.S. pres­i­dent did not use his sig­na­ture term “rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism,” a sig­nal that he de­cided to em­ploy a more mod­er­ate tone in the re­gion af­ter us­ing the phrase re­peat­edly as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

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