PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — President Donald Trump is getting mixed reaction from Philadelphia area Muslims following his change in tone toward the Islamic community. The president urged Islamic leaders to take up the fight against extremism.
President Trump’s remarks to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia were controlled and on script. He called for Islamic nations to drive out extremists.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
“Obviously, his rhetoric and overseas speech was an attempt to reach out,” said Ahmed Soliman, founder of the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association. He is not convinced.
“It’s one thing for him to give lip service to foreign leaders overseas,” Soliman said, “but, so far, I have not seen him change any of his Islamic domestic policies.”READ MORE: Flyers Drop 9th Straight Game After Blowing Late Third-Period Lead To Islanders
Such as the travel ban or reverse his call for a database of Muslims.
“We remain skeptical. Skeptical is different from not believing,” said Jacob Bender, executive director of Philadelphia CAIR, the Counsel for American Islamic Relations. They have spoken out against the Trump administration, but would reevaluate if the president’s words lead to action.
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President Trump’s eight-day trip also includes stops in Israel, the Palestinian territories and the Vatican.