Trump to lay out plan for combating ISIS

Trump to lay out plan for combating ISIS
August 15 17:55 2016

Donald Trump on Monday will lay out his strategy for
 defeating radical Islamic terrorism, painting the fight as an
ideological struggle on par with that of the Cold War.

In Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee will lay out
proposals to combat ISIS and prevent terrorist attacks in the
US, including banning individuals from countries with heavy 
terrorist footprints where the US government cannot
adequately vet visa applicants and increasing cooperation
 with willing Middle Eastern allies, a senior Trump campaign
official said.

Trump is also set to make clear in his prepared remarks
that the US will abandon any ambitions for nation-building or
spreading democracy in the Middle East, expanding on his 
criticism of the Iraq War while on the campaign trail.
”We can’t always choose our friends, but we know that we
have to fight our enemies.

We are going to work with
anyone in the Middle East who is in agreement with us that
ISIS needs to be extinguished,” the senior campaign adviser
Trump’s expected call to work with Muslim allies comes
against a backdrop of fierce criticism and condemnation of
the Republican candidate from Muslims in the US and
abroad since December, when he proposed “a total and
complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Beyond his immigration ban, Trump has also been criticized
for suggesting that President Barack Obama is linked to
radical Islamic terrorism, floating surveillance of US
mosques and proclaiming that he believes “Islam hates us.

The campaign official argued that a clear statement that the
US has no intention to “remake the Middle East into one
democracy after another at the point of a gun” could
encourage further cooperation and assistance from Middle
Eastern allies in the fight against ISIS.
Trump’s speech on Monday comes as his campaign has
faced sagging poll numbers in key swing states in recent
weeks, as the Republican nominee has lurched from one
controversy to the next. Top Republicans have called on
Trump to straighten out his flailing campaign.

Trump’s controversial proposal to ban Muslims from the US
has been through several iterations, with Monday’s speech
just the latest to provide a venue for further clarity.
The senior campaign official who previewed Trump’s
speech did not address Trump’s initial description of the
ban, but described the current proposal as one of
withholding visas for individuals from any country “where
we cannot perform adequate screenings” and where there is
heavy terrorist activity.

Previously, however, Trump had moved beyond his call to
ban all foreign Muslims from the US and proposed barring
all individuals from counties “compromised by terrorism” –
though he has not specified which countries match that
While his campaign staff and surrogates have sought to
describe the ban on individuals from terror states as a
roll back of Trump’s blanket ban on Muslim immigration,
Trump recently characterized it on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
as an “expansion” and has yet to refute his original
While Trump is not expected to lay out on Monday which
countries’ citizens would be banned from the US, the senior
campaign official offered Syria and Libya as examples of
two countries that would be affected by the ban.

The Trump campaign official called on the State Department
to release a list of individuals who had obtained visas to the
US since 2001 who have since “been charged, implicated or
accused of terrorism” in order to determine which countries
should be banned.
Trump is also set to call for increased vetting of individuals
entering the United States by developing a “test” that would
question visa applicants on their support of US values and
seek to weed out any supporters of extremist ideologies.
 The campaign official specifically noted as an example that
”large numbers of people” in Afghanistan “may have 
attitudes about women or attitudes about Christians or gays
 that would be considered oppressive, even violent.”
”We have no reason to bring someone into our country who
is going to harbor that hostility. We want to bring in people
who are reformers or who support moderation or who
embrace or expand pluralistic ideas,” the campaign adviser.
The senior campaign official declined to say exactly what
such a test would look like, but said it could include a
questionnaire to get potential immigrants on record about
their views.