‘We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones’.
President Donald Trump had made eradicating radical Islamic terrorism from the world his top priority as he took over the White House, on Friday.
In his inaugural address today, Trump pledged to “eradicate” “radical Islamic terrorism” from the world.
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth,” Trump said, The Washington Times reported.
Trump and other Republicans have criticized former President barack Obama for declining to use the specific phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” in the context of the fight against terrorist groups like the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL.
Obama’s administration said the phrase provided a falsely negative connotation of the Muslim faith.
Trump also pledged to seek friendship and goodwill with other nations.
“But we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first,” he said.
In his campaign speeches in the primaries, Trump had evoked patriotism and a sense of nationalism by repeatedly talking of eradicating terrorism, especially emanating from sone countries exporting terror, like Syria and Iraq, where the ISIS are headquartered.
Notwithstanding the fact that there have been no major terrorist strokes in the US, barring ‘lone wolf’ attacks, Trump had said that Obama been the one to help the spread of ISIS by not doing enough to curb them.