Washington, June 13: US President Donald Trump seems to be serious on wiping terrorism out of the earth’s face.
In the first meeting with his full cabinet on Monday, he vowed to take the fight against terrorism to its end and said that as the first step he would stop their funding.
“We are going to starve the beast”, Trump said talking to reporters at the White House, adding “we are stopping the funding of terrorism”.
Referring to his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and subsequent isolation of Qatar by the Gulf nations on the issue of supporting terror acts, Trump said that they (Gulf nations) would stop funding of terrorism.
Accepting that the fight with terrorism was not easy, the US President exuded hope and confidence about ultimate victory. “It’s not as easy fight, but that’s a fight we’re going to win”, he said, adding “you have to starve the beast and we’re going to starve the beast”.
The UP President claimed ‘tremendous success’ against ISIS in ‘our fight in the Middle East, where “we are doing very, very well”.
Donald Trump was recently on tour to Saudi Arabia where he inked economic and military pacts for the US worth $350. Besides Saudi Arabia, he visited Israel, Belgium, Vatian and Italy during his first overseas tour.
In Saudi Arabia, Trump had singled out Iran, blasting its alleged support to terrorist groups. Soon after his visit, the Saudi Arabia-led consortium of Sunni Gulf states last week suspended all ties to Qatar over what they say is the state's support for extremist groups and its proximity to Shiite Iran.
Qatar has denied all the allegations.
According to a PTI report, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US is engaged with its allies to ensure that they know where their common interest lay and what the expectations are.
“They must do more. They must meet their obligations, both in the national security point, but also for greater stability and prosperity,” he said.
“And to our adversaries, we are engaging and will engage from the position of strength to protect America’s national interest and we expect to make progress in resolving some of the differences,” Tillerson said.
Giving her brief summer report, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Indian-American Nikki Haley, said it is a “new day” at the UN.
“We now have a very strong voice. People know what the US (stands) for. They know what we are against,” she said.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry told his Cabinet colleagues he attended the gathering of energy ministers from around the world in Beijing last week.
“They needed to hear why America is stepping away from the Paris Accord. (And) they did ... We are still the leaders in the world in terms of climate, but we are not going to be held hostage through some executive order that we all thought out,” Perry said.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis said he was grateful for the sacrifice “our people are making to strengthen the military and for the diplomats to negotiate from the position of strength.”
The Director of National Intelligence Dave Coats said the intelligence community has never faced diversity of threat to the country in their lifetimes.