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President Trump says he will unite civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism

The newly elected president of the United States, Donald J. Trump said in his inaugural speech that he 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.”

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other, he said.

“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.

“We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

“There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always
be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we will be protected by God.”

Mr. Trump’s use of this phrase appears to be a calculated decision to draw a contrast with President Obama, who believed it fed into the narrative, perpetuated by terror groups, that the Western world was rallying against Muslims. Many Republicans contend Mr. Obama’s refusal to use the phrase reflected weakness.