[Mr. Trump said that “the time is overdue” for better screening of extremists trying to enter the country, calling for “extreme vetting.” He said only those who accept a “tolerant” view of American society would be admitted to the United States.]
By Yamiche Alcindor and Maggie Haberman
Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, discussed the rise of
global terrorism and the Islamic State and the necessity of combating it.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on Publish Date August 15, 2016.
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Donald J. Trump on Monday described the fight against global Islamic terrorism in stark terms, invoking comparisons to the dangers of the Cold War era in calling for “extreme vetting” of new immigrants and issuing an open call for new alliances.
“Any country which shares this view will be our ally,” Mr. Trump said in his address in Youngstown, Ohio, a place where the driving concern for voters is the economy more than terrorism. “We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism.”
He accused the Democrats of creating a “vacuum to let terrorism grow and thrive” and specifically singled out President Obama as “an incompetent president” for his opening to Iran and for allowing chaos to spread throughout the Mideast by supporting the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, leading to the rise of Islamic State and spread of Islamic terrorism. Mr. Trump did not mention that he himself supported the overthrow of Mr. Mubarak in an interview with Fox News in 2011.
Still, he pledged to form a new partnership with Israel, Egypt and Jordan to try to eradicate the spread of terrorism, including groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. He also suggested that the U.S. would be well served by joining forces with Russia to fight the Islamic State group.
“We will not defeat it with closed eyes and silenced voices,” he said of the fight against Islamic terrorism. He added, “In the cold war we had an ideological screening test.”
He also took aim at the approaches of the past Democratic and Republican administrations as outdated given the urgent threats posed to America.
“If I become president, the era of nation building will be brought to a quick and very swift end,” Mr. Trump said. He also said that the United States will partner with any nation willing to fight Islamic terrorism, specifically mentioning Russia, saying the United States would conduct “joint military operations” with such countries to defeat the Islamic State.
Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s policy adviser, portrayed the terrorism address as a road map, with more detailed speeches to follow — much as was the case with the Republican presidential nominee’s speech last week on the economy.
The speech is also another attempt by aides to Mr. Trump, who favors going off script over teleprompter addresses at his rallies, to redirect his approach to become a more on-message general election candidate.
The speech reflects an effort by the Trump campaign to move past the candidate’s broad call to bar Muslim immigrants from entering the United States, issued late last year after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and in Paris. He has been heavily criticized for suggesting a religious test for entry into the country, and his aides have sought to change the language to reflect the targeting of regions instead, without being specific. But instead of backing away from the words “Muslim ban” when questioned recently, Mr. Trump described the newer version of his proposal as an “expansion.”
Mr. Trump said that “the time is overdue” for better screening of extremists trying to enter the country, calling for “extreme vetting.” He said only those who accept a “tolerant” view of American society would be admitted to the United States.
While Mr. Miller said that under a President Trump, the United States would continue to spread a message of promoting a “better way of life” in countries with oppressive governments that foster the Islamic State, he argued there was a distinction between that and “nation building,” which he associated with Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton.
Yet it was President George W. Bush, who opposed such nation building in his 2000 presidential campaign, who became most identified with it in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Obama, preparing for his re-election effort in June 2011, announced the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan in a speech in which he said, “America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home.”
Yamiche Alcindor reported from Youngstown and Maggie Haberman from New York.