Trump reveals plan to defeat ISIS
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In the key battleground state of Ohio Monday, Donald Trump delivered a major foreign policy speech on radical Islamic terrorism. He was playing to Americans who fear another attack.
The tone of the speech appeared more presidential than those of the past, focusing on the perceived failures of the Obama Administration that, he said, allowed ISIS to grow and spread.
Trump is calling for an overhaul of foreign policy that has three pillars: Fighting radical Islamic terrorism, strict immigration laws and moving away from nation building.
Trump said President Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton unleashed ISIS and destabilized the Middle East, put Iran in a dominant position as a regional power and brought death and destruction to Europe and America.
— CNN (@CNN) August 15, 2016
"The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton," Trump said.
If Americans are to feel safe again, Trump said, ISIS has to be obliterated, the overarching pillar in his strategy.
"My administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS," he said.
That includes halting the spread of terrorism by denying ISIS access to the internet.
No details of how this is to be done, saying he will not telegraph his plans to the enemy.
Pillar Number is two is a new immigration policy that Trump said is needed immediately.
"We should only admit to this country those who share our values and respect our people," Trump said.
He also said many recent attacks in the United States were carried out by immigrants or children of immigrants. He said the time has come to be tough, even extreme on immigration.
"The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today, I call it extreme vetting, I call it extreme, extreme vetting, our country has enough problems we don’t need more," Trump said.
Trump would temporarily suspend immigration from the most dangerous and volatile regions with a history of exporting terrorism. He would screen out anyone with hostile attitudes to our country and its principles.
His third pillar is nation building.
"If I become president, the era of nation building will be brought to a very swift and decisive end," he said.
Trump said any country should share these goals, including Russia, will be our ally in destroying ISIS.
USD National Secretary Expert Ron Bee characterized the speech as playing on America’s fears.
What Bee said he didn’t hear is how any of these pillars get done without Congress.
"Congress has an important role: the power of purse, the power to declare war. I didn’t hear any discussion of how you bring Congress along on your side," Bee said.
What we got was a litany of attacks ISIS has carried out in Europe and America, all laid at the feet of the president and Clinton.
It comes as Trump struggles to make Clinton, and not himself, the focus of the campaign.