Stephanopoulos to McMaster: Will Trump Not Use the Phrase ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ in Speech?

You’ll recall from the campaign last year that a big criticism Donald Trump had of the Obama administration was the unwillingness to utter the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”

Early reports are indicating that Trump will talk about the fight against “Islamic extremism” in his speech in Saudi Arabia, and so on ABC’s This Week this morning, George Stephanopoulos asked National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster about this very issue.

“During the campaign,” Stephanopoulos said, “he was very tough on what he consistently called ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ So should we expect not to hear that phrase in this speech?”

McMaster simply said, “I think what the president does is he listens to people. He listens to people in the region and a big part of this, this isn’t America just on transmit here in the Middle East. This is the president asking questions, listening, learning, and of course the president will call it whatever he wants to call it.”

However, he went on to add that we should recognize “these enemies of all civilization… [want] to cloak their criminal behavior under this false idea of kind of a religious war.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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