[U.S]–US President, Donald Trump’s recently-appointed national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R McMaster, has aired his views on Islam, stating that those who commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are contradicting the doctrines of the religion.
While speaking on Thursday, Feb 23, to the staff of the National Security Council, he said that phrases such as “radical Islamic terrorists” were misleading, as terrorism is an “unIslamic” practice.
This view is a sharp contrast to what many high-ranking officials of the Trump administration have expressed recently.
It does not align with the rhetoric employed by both Trump and McMaster’s predecessor, Michael T Flynn, who resigned after a public scandal involving his misinformed briefings to Vice President Mike Pence concerning a phone call made to Russian diplomats.
Trump himself infamously signed an executive order weeks back, banning immigrants from six Islam-oriented nations, aiming to preclude terrorist attacks from occurring on American soil.
McMaster made the remark to a group of officials who have reportedly been feeling destabilised, following an incompatible transition from the liberal Obama administration to the alt-right Trump regime.
Commenting on the matter, William McCants, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of “The ISIS Apocalypse”, said, “This is very much a repudiation of his new boss’s lexicon and worldview.
“McMaster, like Obama, is someone who was in positions of leadership and thought the United States should not play into the jihadist propaganda that this is a religious war,”McCants further noted.
“There is a deep hunger for McMaster’s view in the inter-agency. The fact that he has made himself the champion of this view makes people realize they have an advocate to express dissenting opinions.”
McCants opined that this would not be the last word on the issue, as Trump’s views on Islam are less friendly than the three-star general’s.
Also, there are many elements in the White House to neutralise McMaster’s influence on the administration, such as Steve Bannon, a special adviser to the president, who has close ties with Trump.
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