Finding common ground with the Middle East | Analyse

Summary of Donald Trump’s “Speech to Muslim World” & Finding common ground with the Middle East


Summary of Donald Trump’s speech

In the “Speech to Muslim World” taking place in Saudi Arabia, Trump shares his thoughts on Muslims, Islam, terrorism and extremism. He calls for improved economic and diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the Muslim world and praises the Middle East for its beauty, culture and history.

Trump makes it clear that he does not intend to dictate how other people should live but he wants to offer the Muslim world a closer partnership. Also, he argues that a united front with the Middle East can defeat terrorism. Trump legitimizes the war against terrorism as he depicts it as a fight between good and evil.

Therefore, he encourages the Muslim nations to join the battle against terrorism. However, he emphasizes that the Middle East needs to take a more active role in terms of combating terrorism.

Throughout history there have been tensions between the U.S. and the Middle East numerous times. However, Trump added fuel to the fire in January 2017 when he introduced a travel ban directed towards the Muslim countries dictating that people from these countries were not allowed to enter the U.S.

Yet, Trump gave a speech in May 2017 in Saudi Arabia in which his rhetoric and tone were far more obliging and friendly in order to facilitate collaboration between the U.S. and the Middle East.

Trump delivers his speech in Saudi Arabia to an audience of leaders from several Muslim nations.

He makes extensive use of positive adjectives when he describes the Middle East: “I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today's summit” (p. 1, ll. 8-9).

The strong adjectives Trump uses such as “extraordinary” and “magnificent” are to portray Saudi Arabia as a unique and remarkable country.

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