“My administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS,” Trump said during a foreign policy speech in Youngstown, Ohio. He also called for international efforts to cut off funding to terrorist groups, expanded intelligence sharing, and cyber warfare — all steps that are part of the existing White House strategy.
Trump broke with current policy, though, in calling for sharp new limits on visitors and immigrants from countries with a history of exporting terrorism. “We will be tough and we will be even extreme,” Trump said. “Our country has enough problems. We don’t need more.”
Trump did not renew his controversial call for a ban on all Muslim immigrants. But he did advocate a new ideological test for newcomers, backed by what he described as “extreme vetting.”
“In addition to screening out all members of the sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law,” Trump said. “Only those who we expect to flourish in our country and to embrace a tolerant American society should be issued visas.”
Trump also said he would temporarily suspend all immigration from countries where the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security conclude that adequate screening is not possible and he suggested a sharp reduction the number of visitors from the middle east. “If we don’t control the numbers, we can’t perform adequate screening,” Trump said.
He attacked Clinton’s push to accept more Syrian refugees in the U.S., saying his Democratic rival “wants to be America’s Angela Merkel.”
In another break with goals of the Obama administration, Trump vowed to maintain the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and devote more effort to capturing, …