WASHINGTON – The Trump administration official, Stephen Miller who had a major contribution in drafting the travel ban prohibiting entry of citizens from Muslim countries has drafted will be delivering on the occasion of Islamic summit.
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Trump’s speech on ‘combating radical Islam’ is to be given to around 50 Muslim leaders during the President’s first official visit to Saudi Arabia but the irony lies in the fact that the man who played a key role in execution of Trump’s travel ban policy and drafted a bill for that now wrote speech for him.
Mr Miller, a senior advisor to the president also wrote Trump’s inaugural address. However the tycoon-turned-president claimed that he wrote it himself.
Miller allegedly holds a record of xenophobic activities from the time he was a student at Duke University as he co-founded the Terrorism Awareness Project, an initiative run by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which has been accused of ties to anti-Muslim hate groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
At the time, Mr Miller said the project was aimed at educating students about the risk of “Islamofascism” thus hinting at his ‘Muslim-baiting’ mindset.
Regarding the upcoming speech, national security adviser H R McMaster said: “The President will deliver an inspiring but direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president’s hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world. The speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilisation and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners.”
According to CNN, Trump’s speech that would give a clue of whether Trump sticks to the same rhetoric of Islamic militancy or changes his mind would have input from his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, Mr McMaster and his deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.
It bears mentioning that the travel ban Miller drafted was shot down by judiciary within a short period of time after which a revised travel ban was put in place. Saudi Arabia was not on the list of countries affected by the President’s ban.