During President Trump's daily briefing on Thursday, he strongly condemned the persecution of Christians that has been occurring throughout the Middle East in recent years.
"If I had information and if I had absolute proof," Trump said. "Some of the stories we have heard, which is not easy, which is not easy to get, I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn't believe. What they do to Christians in the Middle East and it's disgraceful. It's disgraceful."
The remarks came after the president was asked if the newly announced peace accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates might help Christians under threat in that part of the world. Trump said he believed and hoped it would.
"I think it's going to, I think it's a big start," Trump said. "And you're right about that. Christians have been persecuted by some countries in particular in the Middle East. And I think this is a big start. It's going to be a very strong start. It's going to be a very powerful start. And it's something I've told David [Friedman] and every one of our negotiators. If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it's beyond disgraceful."
Trump said that he hopes the UAE specifically will use its influence in the region to bring voice to American concerns over the treatment of Christians.