OVERRULED: SUPREME COURT RULES GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN EXEMPT FROM TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump received another blow on Wednesday as the Supreme Court upheld with a Hawaii Court’s ruling that Grandparents and their grandchildren are exempt from being included in his embattled travel ban.

In its ruling the high court declared the Trump administration had failed to clearly define what constitutes “close family relationships” in regard to exceptions to the ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

However, the court did rule in favor of the Trump administration by staying the portion of the Hawaii Federal district judge Derrick Watson’s ruling that would have expanded exemptions to its 120-day ban on all refugees.

Wednesday’s order is an addendum to the court’s ruling in June that the travel ban could not go into effect for those people with a “bona fide connection” to an individual
or charitable or religious entity already in the United States.

In the meantime approximately 24,000 refugees who already have been assigned to a charity or religious organization in the U.S. will not be able to utilize that connection to enter the country, a fact that has critics of the travel ban in an uproar.

“This ruling jeopardizes the safety of thousands of people across the world including vulnerable families fleeing war and violence,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA’s senior director of campaigns said in a released statement.

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said the high court’s Wednesday order “confirms we were right to say that the Trump administration over-reached in trying to unilaterally keep families apart from each other.”

In their ruling, conservative Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas stated that they would have blocked Watson’s order in its entirety. The same three justices said last month they would have allowed the Trump travel ban to take full effect.

The Supreme Court is expected to receive oral arguments both for and against the travel ban in early October.

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‘ALLAHU AKBAR’: STABBING OF OFFICER AT FLINT AIRPORT EYED AS TERROR

FLINT, MICHIGAN — The Wednesday stabbing of a police officer at a Flint, Michigan airport is being investigated as a terror attack amid claims by witnesses that the assailant screamed “allahu akbar” just prior to attack.

According to a FBI spokesperson, Amor Ftouhi, a 50-year-old citizen of Canada, entered Bishop International Airport in Flint around 9:45 a.m., dropped his bags and began ranting about people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The suspect then began screaming “allahu akbar”, Arabic for “God is great,” before witnesses say he pulled out a knife and began stabbing Officer Jeff Neville in the neck.

FBI Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios said at a news conference following the incident that Ftouhi shouted “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die” as he was being arrested.

Police confiscated a 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade covered in blood from the scene.

According to Gelios, Ftouhi was motivated by “hatred of the United States” and there is no evidence thus far to indicate that the attack was part of a larger plot.

Canadian Embassy spokesperson Christine Constantin condemned the attack in a statement shortly after the incident as a “heinous and cowardly act,” and added “our thoughts and sympathies are with the officer and his loved ones.”

Ken Brown, a witness to the attack, told The Flint Journal (http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/06/man_stabs_police_officer_in_ne.html#incart_2box_news_flint) that he was at the airport to drop off his daughter when he saw the officer covered in blood.

“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” said Brown, who says he called for a towel to absorb the flowing blood.

Neville is a lieutenant with the airport’s police department and is expected to make a full recovery.

In a statement released on Twitter, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked Americans to “keep the attacked officer in your thoughts and prayers.”

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TRUMPED AGAIN: 9TH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS BLOCK ON TRAVEL BAN; RULES PRESIDENT DISCRIMINATED ON BASIS OF NATIONALITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In yet another blow to the Trump administration the 9th Circuit Court on Monday again ruled against the president’s embattled travel ban.

In a hearing to determine whether or not the president discriminated against people based on their nationality, the court upheld a prior injunction from the 9th Circuit, which blocked enforcement of a Trump executive order that would have temporarily prevented immigrants from terror prone countries from entering the United States.

“We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress,” the opinion (http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/06/12/17-15589.pdf), which came from an anonymous three-judge panel, reads. “Immigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show.”

“In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority,” the ruling continues. “Here, the President has not done so.”

In its ruling to uphold the previous ruling, the 9th Circuit cited the president’s tweet on The judges cited a tweet by the president on June 5, in response to the terror attack in London.

“That’s right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!” Trump tweeted.

“Indeed, the President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s ‘travel ban,'” one judge on the panel wrote.

The panel also cited comments by White House press secretary Sean Spicer that the President’s tweets are “considered official statements by the President of the United States.”

“The President must make a sufficient finding that the entry of these classes of people would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” Further, the Order runs afoul of other provisions of the INA that prohibit nationality-based discrimination and require the President to follow a specific process when setting the annual cap on the admission of refugees. On these statutory bases, we affirm in large part the district court’s order preliminarily enjoining Sections 2 and 6 of the Executive Order,” the jurists concluded.

President Trump has said a temporary travel ban on individuals seeking to enter the U.S. from terror prone countries is essential to providing the federal government the time it needs to develop enhanced vetting procedures. Critics, however, claim the executive order amounts to an unconstitutional “ban on Muslims”.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia also ruled against the travel ban in an opinion given on May 25. That ruling has been appealed by the Trump administration to the Supreme Court.

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FAKE NEWS? CNN CAUGHT PROMOTING WHAT CRITICS SAY IS PRO-MUSLIM AGENDA

LONDON, ENGLAND — Embattled cable news network CNN has reportedly been caught staging what critics say is a pro-Muslim rally in the wake of the latest London terror attacks.

In a video that surfaced on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFyN-Y0Is0), CNN reporter Becky Anderson can allegedly be seen directing several self-described “Muslim mothers” to stand behind her as, seeming on cue, the group begins rallying support for London Police.

The video, which quickly went viral, caused a wave of backlash on social media, with even some of the networks most frequent viewers slamming the network over claims of “fake news”.

CNN, which has faced allegations of staging news stories to promote left leaning political agendas in the past, denied the allegations on Monday in a statement to Fox News.

“This story is nonsense,” a rep for CNN told Fox via email (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/06/05/cnn-denies-staging-pro-muslim-shot-after-london-terror-attack.html). “The group of demonstrators that was at the police cordon was being allowed through by officers so they could show their signs to the gathered media. The CNN crew along with other media present simply filmed them doing so.”

“You an clearly see at the beginning of the video on social media that a group of press photographers is asking the demonstrators to stand in front of them so that they can see them — there’s nothing sinister going on there,” the spokesperson added.

Despite CNN’s denial, the network is no stranger to similar controversies.

One of the most famous examples of CNN trickery involves an interview in which network anchor Anderson Cooper claimed to be reporting live from the funeral of a child he said had died during the alleged Sandy Hook school shooting (http://www.naturalnews.com/039127_Anderson_Cooper_blue_screen_fake_news.html).

During the piece, Cooper, supposedly interviewing loved ones at the scene, turns to the side and his nose seemingly disappears. This, say photographic experts who were quick to catch the slip up, occurs when a reporter is placed in front of a “green screen”, a technological prop that allows producers to project an image behind the reporter, making it seem as though he or she may be somewhere they are not. Green screens are typically used only in sound stages. Never when a reporter is actually on scene.

The Sandy Hook shooting was later used to justify a wealth of anti-Second amendment executive orders by then president Barack Obama, with whom the network had worked closely throughout his presidency.

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PORTLAND MAYOR CALLS FOR SHUT DOWN OF ‘HATE FUELED’ PRO-TRUMP RALLIES

PORTLAND, OR — The mayor of Portland, Oregon on Monday called for a ban on a pro-Trump scheduled for the upcoming weekend on the grounds that such “hate fueled” will only lead to violence.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday that the “alt-right demonstrations” would only fuel additional “hatred and fear” as the city works to recover from the fatal stabbing of two men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade last Friday.

“There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now,” Wheeler said in a three-part statement posted to Twitter. (https://twitter.com/tedwheeler?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2017%2F05%2F30%2Fportland-mayor-urges-us-officials-to-shut-down-alt-right-rallies.html) “I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives,” said Wheeler. “Let’s do them honor by standing with them and carrying on their legacy of standing up to hate and bigotry and violence.”

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday on charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon and hate crime after police say he attacked and killed two male victims on board a train. According to eyewitnesses, Christian had begun ranting about the “Muslim takeover” in the U.S. and spewing “hate speech” toward two women on the train when Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Ricky Best, 53, intervened. Christian, say witnesses, drew his knife and began stabbing the victims. Another man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was also slashed in the neck but survived. He is currently recovering in a nearby hospital.

President Trump condemned the stabbings, writing Monday on Twitter: “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.” Despite that, Wheeler says a conservative rally at this time would only fuel tensions within the city.

“Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,” Wheeler said.

The Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1927691894133941/?active_tab=about) for Sunday’s months long planned event, which praises Trump, promised speakers and live music in “one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast,” and promised the event would be “an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.”

The federal government controls permitting for the plaza where the rally is scheduled to take place and Wheeler has asked that they shut it down. The city will also refuse to issue any of its own permits allowing organizers to hold the events elsewhere, Wheeler said.

The mayor says he also plans to ensure that a permit is not issued for a June 10 anti- Islamic extremist protest, KATU reports (http://katu.com/news/local/mayor-wheeler-wants-federal-govt-to-pull-permit-for-alt-right-protest-on-june-4) will be called the #MarchAgainstSharia.

Portland has been the site of several anti-Trump rallies in months past. None of which were discouraged by the mayor.

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TRUMP TRUMPED AGAIN: 4TH CIRCUIT SHOOTS DOWN PRESIDENT’S APPEAL ON TRAVEL BAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s embattled travel ban has received yet another legal blow.

By a 10-3 margin, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to reinstate the president’s executive order which would have issued a temporary block on immigrants coming to America from six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan.

The executive order was first issued on Jan. 27, a week into Trump’s presidency. Less than two weeks later, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, ruled the ban unconstitutional and issued it’s own order to block it.

The president quickly appealed and revised the original order,
omitting Iraq, which had been listed on the original order, removed a complete ban on Syrian refugees and deleted direct references to religion, but the Fourth Circuit ultimately found the amended order unconstitutional as well (https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/irap_-_opinion.pdf).

“We remain unconvinced [the ban] has more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the President’s promised Muslim ban,” the court stated in it’s ruling.

Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote the president’s order, “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

“Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation,” the order continued.

However, Judge Paul Niemeyer, one of the three judges voting to overturn the Ninth Circuit court’s ruling, sharply dissented from the decision, warning that failure to allow Trump’s executive order to stand may put Americans in unnecessary danger.

Judge Dennis Shedd, another of the judges who voted to allow the president’s executive order to stand, concurred with Neimeyer’s warning.

“Regrettably, at the end of the day, the real losers in this case are the millions of individual Americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm,” Shedd wrote in his dissent.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center, who brought the 4th Circuit case against the travel ban, have claimed victory.

“President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the Constitution, as this decision strongly reaffirms,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, of the court’s ruling. “The Constitution’s prohibition on actions disfavoring or condemning any religion is a fundamental protection for all of us, and we can all be glad that the court today rejected the government’s request to set that principle aside.”

When reached for comment, a White House spokesperson said he expects the president to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. “One way or another, we’ll get it done,” he said. “We made a promise to the American people and we intend to keep it.”

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FULL TRANSCRIPT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SUNDAY SPEECH TO MUSLIM LEADERS

“I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.

You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American president Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens.

Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine.

I stand before you as a representative of the American people, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic faith.

In my inaugural address to the American people, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust.

Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity — in this region, and in the world.

Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.

And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders — unique in the history of nations — is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.

For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over $3 trillion of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today.

Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the crown prince, and the deputy crown prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation.

Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.

This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.

We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond.

Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic world. This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.

I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the white house, and I look forward to working with all of you.

America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture — we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.

Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test — to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.

Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred.

And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples.

With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world.

But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it.

Few nations have been spared its violent reach.

America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando. The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims.

But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence.

Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim.

We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.

The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.

The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity.

This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.

Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones — including soaring achievements in architecture.

Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage.

All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the united arab emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.

The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez canal, the red sea, and the straits of Hormuz.

The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 Percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home.

But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence.

There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it.

Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.

Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.

If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.

If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing — then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.

This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.

This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.

This is a battle between good and evil.

When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy.

But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.

Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.

America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security.

But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.

It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America cannot make for you.

A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this earth.

For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked — and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a principled realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.

Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention.

We must seek partners, not perfection — and to make allies of all who share our goals.

Above all, America seeks peace – not war.

Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.

The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.

Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country.

As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.

I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the terrorist financing targeting center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered.

I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah.

Of course, there is still much work to do.

That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.

And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi arabia’s vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.

The united arab emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls — and with the u.S., Launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism.

I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions.

That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens arab and Muslim communities.

For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again — and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.

In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them.

But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three — safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.

From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.

It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.

Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region.

The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.

Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.

The decisions we make will affect countless lives.

King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world.

This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence.

We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice.

Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time.

Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth?

If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring — more suffering and despair.

But if we act — if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world — then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have.

The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring.

Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear.

These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples.

I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to fight together — because united, we will not fail.

Thank you. God bless you. God bless your countries. And God bless the United States of America.”

You can watch the speech in it’s entirety by clicking the link below.

Courtesy: The White House