Donald Trump presented his strategy for dealing with ISIS to a crowd in Youngstown, Ohio. He described the fight as an ideological one that is similar to the Cold War with Russia. CNN covered the speech and reports that in his fight against the Islamic State, Trump called for “extreme vetting” of anyone wanting to enter the country. He also declared that, if were elected president, “the era of nation-building will be brought to a swift and decisive end.” He stressed the importance of focusing on stopping “the spread of radical Islam.”
“All actions should be oriented around this goal and any country which shares this goal will be our ally. We cannot always choose our friends but we can never fail to recognize our enemies.”
As reported by the New York Times, Donald Trump stated that in order to defeat ISIS, we need to form new alliances. He stated that, as president, he would join with Israel, President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi of Egypt, and King Abdullah of Jordan in an effort to stop the spread of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Trump also promoted the idea of joining with Russia in our fight against the Islamic State. He said that with our new allies, we would conduct “joint military operations” in order to defeat the Islamic State. No details were given on what these military operations would look like. As reported by the Washington Post, his opponent, Hillary Clinton has provided details about her plans for military operations to defeat ISIS. She has indicated that “We will strike their sanctuaries from the air” and work with local forces on the ground. She also committed to “surge” intelligence that will seek to halt any plans for terrorist attacks before they come to fruition.
Regarding the new vetting process for people wanting to enter the U.S. and how that fits in with his plan to defeat the Islamic State, Donald Trump suggested an “ideological test.”
“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is long 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.”
This test would determine whether the individual shares our values like religious tolerance, gender equality, and gay rights.
“A Trump administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration and we will be tough and we will be even extreme. We should only admit to this country those who share our values and respect our people.”
In an effort to minimize the growth of ISIS in America, Donald Trump also said that people from countries with a substantial terrorist group presence would be banned from receiving visas, saying that as president, he would “temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.” He didn’t indicate which countries would be included in this ban.
Donald Trump also stated that he would shut down ISIS’s access to the internet.
“We cannot allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool, and for other purposes, by our enemy – we must shut down their access to this form of communication, and we must do so immediately.”
Donald Trump backtracked on his previous comment that NATO is obsolete and said that in the fight against ISIS, he would work closely with them and then suggested the creation of a new division of NATO to combat terror threats. NATO has a long history of working on counter-terrorism. Trump also committed to keeping Guantanamo Bay open and creating a commission to investigate ISIS.
Watch his full speech below.
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