For many American Muslim activists and scholars, the bar for Donald Trump's speech to the Muslim world was low.
Speaking on Sunday from a podium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump didn't repeat his earlier claim that "Islam hates us." He didn't warn of an influx of Muslim refugees as a "Trojan horse." And he didn't emphasize the need to "name our enemy" with the words "radical Islamic terrorism."
So for that — for the absence of disparaging rhetoric about Islam and the Middle East — American Muslim academic and political leaders said Trump's speech to a summit of around 50 Arab and Muslim leaders on his first overseas trip as president was noteworthy.