Trump vows ‘Cold War’ terror fight
DONALD Trump laid out an American blueprint for defeating global terrorism in partnership with NATO and Middle East allies, demanding extreme restrictions on immigration and likening the fight against radical Islamists to the Cold War.
The Republican nominee, who is tanking in the polls following weeks of self-inflicted disasters, made his pitch to be a security strongman as the Democratic vice president accused him of imperilling the lives of Americans (see related story right).
“We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism just as we have defeated every threat we faced at every age,” said Mr Trump in Ohio, a battleground state considered essential to winning the United States presidential election.
Mr Trump’s foreign-policy address marked the latest attempt by the Trump campaign to get their maverick candidate back on message as his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton surges ahead in the polls.
Watering down his highly contested assertion that Barack Obama and Ms Clinton created the so-called Islamic State extremist group, Mr Trump said IS was “the direct result of policy decisions” made by the president and former secretary of state, referencing chaos in Iraq and Libya.
He claimed the extremist group, which is the target of US-led air strikes and Special Forces operations in Iraq and Syria, was “fully operational” in 18 countries and had “aspiring branches in six more”.
The real-estate tycoon and former reality TV star promised to end the US policy of “nation-building” and called for a “new approach” in partnership with foreign allies to “halt the spread of radical Islam”.
Mr Trump said he believed the US could find “common ground with Russia” in the fight against the IS – a claim bound to do little to silence critics who accuse him of being soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At home, he demanded new immigration screening, saying that the perpetrators of a series of attacks in the US, including the September 11, 2001, hijackings, the 2013 Boston bombings and the recent mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, involved “immigrants or the children of immigrants”.
“We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.” –