- Donald Trump
15, 2016 Speech at Youngstown State University ...plus reactions
August 15, 2016
Understanding The Threat: Radical Islam And The Age Of Terror
Thank you. It is great to be with you this afternoon.
Today we begin a conversation about how to Make America Safe Again.
In the 20th Century, the United States defeated Fascism, Nazism, and Communism.
Now, a different threat challenges our world: Radical Islamic Terrorism.
This summer, there has been an ISIS attack launched outside the war zones of the Middle East every 84 hours. 1 2
America, we have seen one brutal attack after another.
13 were murdered, and 38 wounded, in the assault on Ft. Hood. 3 4
The Boston Marathon Bombing wounded and maimed 264 people, 5 and ultimately left five dead – including 2 police officers. 6
In Chattanooga, Tennessee, five unarmed marines were shot and killed at a military recruiting center. 7
Last December, 14 innocent Americans were gunned down at an office party in San Bernardino, another 22 were injured. 8
In June, 49 Americans were executed at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and another 53 were injured. 9 It was the worst mass shooting in our history, and the worst attack on the LGTBQ community in our history.
In Europe, we have seen the same carnage and bloodshed inflicted upon our closest allies.
In January of 2015, a French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Twelve were killed, including two police officers, and 11 were wounded. 10 Two days later, four were murdered in a Jewish Deli. 11
In November of 2015, terrorists went on a shooting rampage in Paris that slaughtered 130 people, and wounded another 368. 12 France is suffering gravely, and the tourism industry is being massively affected in a most negative way. 13
In March of this year, terrorists detonated a bomb in the Brussels airport, killing 32 and injuring 340. 14
This July, in the South of France, an Islamic terrorist turned his truck into an instrument of mass murder, plowing down and killing 85 men, women and children 15 – and wounding another 308. 16 Among the dead were 2 Americans – a Texas father, and his 11-year-old son. 17
A few weeks ago, in Germany, a refugee armed with an axe wounded five people in a gruesome train attack. 18
Only days ago, an ISIS killer invaded a Christian church in Normandy France, forced an 85-year-old priest to his knees, and slit his throat before his congregation. 19
Overseas, ISIS has carried out one unthinkable atrocity after another.
Children slaughtered, 20 girls sold into slavery, 21 22 men and women burned alive. 23 Crucifixions, 24 beheadings 25 and drownings. 26 Ethnic minorities targeted for mass execution. Holy sites desecrated. Christians driven from their homes and hunted for extermination. ISIS rounding-up what it calls the “nation of the cross” in a campaign of genocide. 27 28
We cannot let this evil continue.
Nor can we let the hateful ideology of Radical Islam – its oppression of women, gays, children, and nonbelievers – be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries.
We will defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before.
But we will not defeat it with closed eyes, or silenced voices.
Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country. Anyone who cannot condemn the hatred, oppression and violence of Radical Islam lacks the moral clarity to serve as our President.
The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary Clinton
Let’s look back at the Middle East at the very beginning of 2009, before the Obama-Clinton Administration took over.
Syria was under control. 31 32
Egypt was ruled by a secular President and an ally of the United States. 33 34 35
Iraq was experiencing a reduction in violence. 36 The group that would become what we now call ISIS was close to being extinguished. 37 38 39
Iran was being choked off by economic sanctions. 40 41
Fast-forward to today. What have the decisions of Obama-Clinton produced?
Libya is in ruins, 42 our ambassador and three other brave Americans are dead, 43 and ISIS has gained a new base of operations. 44 45
Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war. 46 ISIS controls large portions of territory. 47 A refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States. 48
In Egypt, terrorists have gained a foothold in the Sinai desert, near the Suez Canal, one of the most essential waterways in the world. 49
Iraq is in chaos, and ISIS is on the loose. 50
ISIS has spread across the Middle East, and into the West. In 2014, ISIS was operating in some 7 nations. Today they are fully operational in 18 countries with aspiring branches in 6 more, for a total of 24 51 – and many believe it is even more than that. The situation is likely worse than the public knows: a new Congressional report reveals that the Administration has downplayed the growth of ISIS, with 40% of surveyed analysts saying they had experienced efforts to manipulate their findings. 52 53
At the same time, ISIS is trying to infiltrate refugee flows into Europe and the United States. 54
Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is now flush with $150 billion in cash released by the United States – plus another $400 million in ransom. 55 Worst of all, the Nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of Radical Islamic Terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons. 56 57
In short, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has unleashed ISIS, destabilized the Middle East, and put the nation of Iran – which chants ‘Death to America’ 58 – in a dominant position of regional power and, in fact, aspiring to be a dominant world power. 59
It all began in 2009 with what has become known as President Obama’s global ‘Apology Tour.’ 60
In a series of speeches, President Obama described America as “arrogant,” “dismissive” “derisive” 61 and a “colonial power.” 62 He informed other countries that he would be speaking up about America’s “past errors.” 63 He pledged that we would no longer be a “senior partner,” that “sought to dictate our terms.” He lectured CIA officers of the need to acknowledge their mistakes, 64 and described Guantanamo Bay as a “rallying cry for our enemies.” 65
Perhaps no speech was more misguided than President Obama’s speech to the Muslim World delivered in Cairo, Egypt, in 2009. 66
In winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan repeatedly touted the superiority of freedom over communism, and called the USSR the Evil Empire. 67
Yet, when President Obama delivered his address in Cairo, no such moral courage could be found. Instead of condemning the oppression of women and gays in many Muslim nations, and the systematic violations of human rights, or the financing of global terrorism, President Obama tried to draw an equivalency between our human rights record and theirs.
His naïve words were followed by even more naïve actions.
The failure to establish a new Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq, and the election-driven timetable for withdrawal, 68 surrendered our gains in that country and led directly to the rise of ISIS. 69
The failures in Iraq were compounded by Hillary Clinton’s disaster in Libya. President Obama has since said he regards Libya as his worst mistake. 70 According to then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the invasion of Libya was nearly a split decision, but Hillary Clinton’s forceful advocacy for the intervention was the deciding factor. 71
With one episode of bad judgment after another, Hillary Clinton’s policies launched ISIS onto the world. 72
Yet, as she threw the Middle East into violent turmoil, things turned out well for her. The Clintons made almost $60 million in gross income while she was Secretary of State. 73 74 75 76
Incident after incident proves again and again: Hillary Clinton lacks the judgement, the temperament and the moral character to lead this nation. Importantly, she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all the many adversaries we face – not only in terrorism, but in trade and every other challenge we must confront to turn this country around.
It is time for a new approach
Our current strategy of nation-building and regime change is a proven failure. We have created the vacuums that allow terrorists to grow and thrive. 77
I was an opponent of the Iraq war from the beginning – a major difference between me and my opponent.
Though I was a private citizen, whose personal opinions on such matters was not sought, I nonetheless publicly expressed my private doubts about the invasion. Three months before the invasion I said, in an interview with Neil Cavuto, to whom I offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery, that “perhaps [we] shouldn't be doing it yet,” and that “the economy is a much bigger problem.” 78
In August of
2004, very early in the conflict, I made a detailed
statement to Esquire magazine. 79
the quote in full:
at the war in Iraq and the mess that we're in. I would never
have handled it that way. Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going
are going to run
down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the
winner is happily going to step up to lead the country? C'mon.
Two minutes after we leave, there's going to be a revolution, and
the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over.
And he'll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam didn't
"What was the purpose of this whole thing? Hundreds and hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and legs? Not to mention the other side. All those Iraqi kids who've been blown to pieces. And it turns out that all of the reasons for the war were blatantly wrong. All this for nothing."
So I have been clear for a long time that we should not have gone in. But I have been just as clear in saying what a catastrophic mistake Hillary Clinton and President Obama made with the reckless way in which they pulled out.
After we had made those hard-fought sacrifices and gains, 80 81 82 we should never have made such a sudden withdrawal – on a timetable advertised to our enemies. 83 Al Qaeda in Iraq had been decimated, and Obama and Clinton gave it new life and allowed it to spread across the world.
By that same token, President Obama and Hillary Clinton should never have attempted to build a Democracy in Libya, 84 to push for immediate regime change in Syria, 85 86 or to support the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt. 87
One more point on this: I have long said that we should have kept the oil in Iraq – another area where my judgement has been proven correct. According to CNN, ISIS made as much $500 million in oil sales in 2014 alone, fueling and funding its reign of terror. 88 If we had controlled the oil, we could have prevented the rise of ISIS in Iraq – both by cutting off a major source of funding, 89 and through the presence of U.S. forces necessary to safeguard the oil and other vital infrastructure. 90 91 I was saying this constantly and to whoever would listen: keep the oil, keep the oil, keep the oil, I said – don’t let someone else get it.
If they had listened to me then, we would have had the economic benefits of the oil, which I wanted to use to help take care of the wounded soldiers and families of those who died – and thousands of lives would have been saved.
This proposal, by its very nature, would have left soldiers in place to guard our assets. In the old days, when we won a war, to the victor belonged the spoils. Instead, all we got from Iraq – and our adventures in the Middle East – was death, destruction and tremendous financial loss.
But it is time to put the mistakes of the past behind us, and chart a new course.
If I become President, the era of nation-building will be ended. Our new approach, which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas, and by our friends in the Middle East, must be to halt 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 President, I will call for an international conference focused on this goal. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Sisi of Egypt, and all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished.
We will also work closely with NATO on this new mission. I had previously said that NATO was obsolete because it failed to deal adequately with terrorism; since my comments they have changed their policy and now have a new division focused on terror threats.
I also believe that we could find common ground with Russia in the fight against ISIS. They too have much at stake in the outcome in Syria, and have had their own battles with Islamic terrorism.
My Administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cut- off their funding, expanded intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting. 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.
Unlike Hillary Clinton, who has risked so many lives with her careless handling of sensitive information, my Administration will not telegraph exact military plans to the enemy. I have often said that General MacArthur and General Patton would be in a state of shock if they were alive today to see the way President Obama and Hillary Clinton try to recklessly announce their every move before it happens – like they did in Iraq – so that the enemy can prepare and adapt.
The fight will not be limited to ISIS. We will decimate Al Qaeda, and we will seek to starve funding for Iran-backed Hamas and Hezbollah. We can use existing UN Security Council resolutions to apply new sanctions.
Military, cyber and financial warfare will all be essential in dismantling Islamic terrorism.
But we must use ideological warfare as well.
Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of Radical Islam.
While my opponent accepted millions of dollars in Foundation donations from countries where being gay is an offense punishable by prison or death, 92 93 my Administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different faith. 94 95
Our Administration will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East, and will amplify their voices.
This includes speaking out against the horrible practice of honor killings, where women are murdered by their relatives for dressing, marrying or acting in a way that violates fundamentalist teachings. 96 97
Over 1,000 Pakistani girls are estimated to be the victims of honor killings by their relatives each year. 98 Recently, a prominent Pakistani social media star was strangled to death by her brother on the charge of dishonoring the family. 99 In his confession, the brother took pride in the murder and said: “Girls are born to stay home and follow traditions.”
Shockingly, this is a practice that has reached our own shores.
One such case involves an Iraqi immigrant who was sentenced to 34 years in jail for running over his own daughter claiming she had become “too Westernized.” 100
To defeat Islamic terrorism, we must also speak out forcefully against a hateful ideology that provides the breeding ground for violence and terrorism to grow.
A new immigration policy is needed as well
The common thread linking the major Islamic terrorist attacks that have recently occurred on our soil – 9/11, the Ft. Hood shooting, 101 the Boston Bombing, 102 the San Bernardino attack, 103 the Orlando attack 104 – is that they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Clearly, new screening procedures are needed.
A review by the U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee has identified
380 foreign-born individuals charged with terrorism or terrorism-
related offenses between 9/11 and 2014, and many more since then. 105
We also know that ISIS recruits refugees after their entrance into the country – as we have seen with the Somali refugee population in Minnesota. 106
Beyond terrorism, as we have seen in France, foreign populations have brought their anti-Semitic attitudes with them. 107
In Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve, we have seen the reports of sexual violence and assault. 108
Pew polling shows that in many of the countries from which we draw large numbers of immigrants, extreme views about religion – such as the death penalty for those who leave the faith – are commonplace. 109
A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.
In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. 110 The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.
In addition to screening out all members or 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.
Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.
Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued immigrant visas.
To put these new procedures in place, we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.
As soon as I take office, I will ask the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to identify a list of regions where adequate screening cannot take place. We will stop processing visas from those areas until such time as it is deemed safe to resume based on new circumstances or new procedures.
The size of current immigration flows are simply too large to perform adequate screening. 111
We admit about 100,000 permanent immigrants from the Middle East every year. 112 Beyond that, we admit hundreds of thousands of temporary workers and visitors from the same regions. 113 If we don’t control the numbers, we can’t perform adequate screening.
By contrast, my opponent wants to increase the flow of Syrian refugees by 550% percent. 114
The United States Senate Subcommittee on Immigration estimates that Hillary Clinton’s plan would mean roughly 620,000 refugees from all current refugee-sending nations in her first term, assuming no cuts to other refugee programs. This would be additional to all other non- refugee immigration. 115
The Subcommittee estimates her plan would impose a lifetime cost of roughly $400 billion when you include the costs of healthcare, welfare, housing, schooling, and all other entitlement benefits that are excluded from the State Department’s placement figures.
In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel, and you know what a disaster this massive immigration has been to Germany and the people of Germany – crime has risen to levels that no one thought would they would ever see. 116 We have enough problems in our country, we don’t need another one.
Finally, we will need to restore common sense to our security procedures
Another common feature of the past attacks that have occurred on our soil is that warning signs were ignored.
The 9/11 hijackers had fraud all over their visa applications. 117
The Russians warned us about the Boston Bombers, 118 here on political
asylum, 119 and the attackers were even twice interviewed by the FBI. 120 121
The female San Bernardino shooter, here on a fiancé visa from Saudi Arabia, 122 wrote of her support for Jihad online. 123 124 A neighbor saw suspicious behavior but didn’t warn authorities, because said they didn’t want to be accused of racially profiling 125 – now many are dead and gravely wounded.
The shooter in Orlando reportedly celebrated in his classroom after 9/11. 126 He too was interviewed by the FBI. 127 His father, a native of Afghanistan, 128 supported the oppressive Taliban regime, 129 and expressed anti-American views 130 – and by the way, was just seen sitting behind Hillary Clinton with a big smile on his face all the way through her speech. He obviously liked what she had to say.
The Ft. Hood Shooter delivered a presentation to a room full of mental health experts before the attacks in which he threw out one red flag after another. 131 He even proclaimed that “we love death more than you love life!”
These warnings signs were ignored because political correctness has replaced common sense in our society
That is why one of my first acts as President will be to establish a Commission on Radical Islam – which will include reformist voices in the Muslim community who will hopefully work with us. We want to build bridges and erase divisions.
The goal of the commission will be to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization.
This commission will be used to develop new protocols for local police officers, federal investigators, and immigration screeners.
We will also keep open Guantanamo Bay, and place a renewed emphasis on human intelligence. Drone strikes will remain part of our strategy, but we will also seek to capture high-value targets to gain needed information to dismantle their organizations. Foreign combatants will be tried in military commissions.
Finally, we will pursue aggressive criminal or immigration charges against anyone who lends material support to terrorism. Similar to the effort to take down the mafia, this will be the understood mission of every federal investigator and prosecutor in the country.
To accomplish a goal, you must state a mission: the support networks for Radical Islam in this country will be stripped out and removed one by one.
Immigration officers will also have their powers restored: those who are guests in our country that are preaching hate will be asked to return home.
To Make America Safe Again, We Must Work Together Again
Our victory in the Cold War relied on a bipartisan and international consensus. That is what we must have to defeat Radical Islamic terrorism.
But just like we couldn’t defeat communism without acknowledging that communism exists – or explaining its evils – we can’t defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism unless we do the same.
This also means we have to promote the exceptional virtues of our own way of life – and expecting that newcomers to our society do the same.
Pride in our institutions, our history and our values should be taught by parents and teachers, and impressed upon all who join our society.
Assimilation is not an act of hostility, but an expression of compassion. Our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it.
This approach will not only make us safer, but bring us closer together as a country.
Renewing this spirit of Americanism will help heal the divisions in our country. It will do so by emphasizing what we have in common – not what pulls us apart.
This is my pledge to the American people: as your President I will be your greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people.
Only this way, will we make America Great Again and Safe Again – For Everyone.
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86 (Michael D. Shear, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt, “Obama Administration Ends Effort to Train Syrians to Combat ISIS,” The New York Times, 10/9/15)
87 (Tom Curry, “Clinton Urges ‘Transition To A Democratic Regime’ in Egypt,” NBC News, 1/30/11)
88 (Jose Pagliery, “Inside The $2 Billion ISIS War Machine,” CNN Money, 12/11/15)
89 (Kellan Howell, “Islamic State Earns $50 Million Per Month On Oil Sales,” The Washington Times, 10/24/15)
90 (Erika Solomon, Robin Kwong and Steven Bernard, “Inside Isis Inc: The Journey Of A Barrel Of Oil,” Financial Times, Accessed 8/13/16)
91 (Matthew Philips, “Islamic State Loses Its Oil Business,” Bloomberg, 10/14/14)
93 (“Stars Step Up Protest Against Anti-Gay Owner Of Beverly Hills Hotel,” CBS News,2/6/15
94 (“Country Reports On Human Rights Practices For 2012: Saudi Arabia,” United States State Department, 4/19/13) 95 (William La Jeunesse, “Rights Groups Silent As Clinton Foundation Takes Millions From Countries That Imprison Gays,” FOX News, 6/17/16)
96 (“Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned To Death By Family,” Associated Press in Lahore, 5/28/14)
97 (Perry Chiaramonte, “Texas 'Honor Killing' Suspect Yaser Said Could Be Hiding In Plain Sight As NYC Cabbie, Private Investigator Says,” FOX News, 5/29/12)
98 (“Pakistan Honour Killings On The Rise, Report Reveals,” BBC, 4/1/16)
99 (Juliet Perry and Sophia Saifi, “Brother Of Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch Charged With Crime Against State,” CNN, 7/19/16)
100 (“Iraqi Immigrant Gets 34 Years For Killing 'Too Westernized' Daughter,” CNN, 4/16/11)
(“Army Major Kills 13
People In Fort Hood Shooting Spree,” History, Accessed 8/13/16)
102 (Peter Finn, Carol D. Leonnig and Will Englund, “Tsarnaev Brothers’ Homeland Was War-Torn Chechnya,” The Washington Post, 4/19/13)
103 (Salman Masood and Declan Walsh, “Tashfeen Malik, San Bernardino Suspect, Attended Conservative Religious School in Pakistan,” The New York Times, 12/7/15)
104 (Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati, “Father Of Orlando Shooter Hosted Political Show On Afghan-Pakistan Issues,” Reuters, 6/13/16)
105 (Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest, “At Least 580 Individuals Convicted In Terror Cases Since 9/11, At Least 380 Are Foreign-Born,” U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee, 6/22/16)
106 (Jamie Yuccas, “Minneapolis Community Struggles With ISIS Recruiting Tactics,” CBS News, 9/19/15)
107 (Matt Hadro, “Anti-Semitism Threatens France’s Jewish Communities,” The Washington Times, 1/18/16)
108 (Jessica Durando, “Report: 1,200 Women Assaulted On New Year's Eve In German Cities, USA Today, 7/11/16)
World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society,” PewResearchCenter, 4/30/13)
110 (James R. Edwards Jr., “Keeping Extremists Out: The History of Ideological Exclusion and the Need for Its Revival,” Center for Immigration Studies, 9/05)
Security Officials’ Concerns On Refugee Vetting,” Homeland
112 (Caroline May, “Since 9/11 U.S. Has Accepted Over 2 Million Migrants from Majority Muslim Nations,” Breitbart, 11/16/15)
113 (Julia Hahn, “Congress Votes To Fund Nearly 300,000 Visas For Muslim Migrants In One Year,” Breitbart, 12/18/15)
114 (C. Eugene Emery Jr. “Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Wants To Let 500 Percent More Syrians Into The U.S.,” Politifact, 6/13/16)
115 (Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest, “Clinton Refugee Plan Could Bring In 620,000 Refugees In First Term At Lifetime Cost Of Over $400 Billion,” U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee, 6/27/16)
In Germany In First Three
2016: Police,” Reuters, 6/8/16)
117 (Martha Raddatz, “State Dept. Lapses Aided 9/11 Hijackers,” ABC News, 10/23/02)
118 (Josh Gerstein, “FBI Knew Earlier Of Boston Bombing Suspect,” Politico, 6/15/13)
Marringly, Mike Dorning, and Julie Bykowica, “Boston Bombing
Suspect Apprehended at Watertown
Home,” Bloomberg, 4/20/13)
120 “In January 2011, two counterterrorism agents from the bureau’s Boston field office interviewed Tamerlan and family members..” (Eric Schmitt, Michael S. Schmidt and Ellen Barry, “Bombing Inquiry Turns to Motive and Russian Trip,” The New York Times, 4/20/13)
121 “In response to this [March] 2011 request, the FBI checked U.S. government databases and other information to look for such things as derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI also interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family member.” (FBI National Press Office, “2011 Request for Information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Foreign Government,” FBI, 4/19/13)
122 (Brian Bennett and Richard A. Serrano, “Scrutiny Of Tashfeen Malik's Fiancee Visa Fell Short, Congressional Investigators Say,” The Los Angeles Times, 12/18/15)
123 (Evan Perez and Dana Ford, “San Bernardino Shooter’s Social Media Posts on Jihad Were Obscured,” CNN, 12/14/15)
124 (Richard A. Serrano, “Tashfeen Malik Messaged Facebook Friends About Her Support For Jihad,” Los Angeles Times, 12/14/15)
125 (Christian Datoc, “Shooter’s Neighbor Didn’t Report ‘Suspicious Activity’ For Fear of Being Labeled Racist,” The Daily Caller, 12/3/15)
Walker and Jason Sickles, “Orlando Shooter Omar
Mateen Was Suspended For Cheering 9/11 And
Beating Another Student In High School,” Yahoo, 6/16/16)
127 (Mark Mazzetti, Eric Lichtblau and Alan Blinder, “Omar Mateen, Twice Scrutinized by F.B.I., Shows Threat of Lone Terrorists,” The New York Times, 6/13/16)
128 (Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati, “Father of Orlando Shooter Hosted Political Show on Afghan-Pakistan Issues,” Reuters, 6/13/16)
129 (Tim Craig, Max Bearak and Lee Powell, “Shooter Omar Mateen’s Father Says He’s Saddened By Massacre, Calls Gunman ‘A Good Son’,” The Washington Post, 6/13/16)
130 (Tucker Reals, "What Has the Orlando Gunman's Father Said?," CBS News, 6/13/16)
131 (Dana Priest, “Fort Hood Suspect Warned Of Threats Within The Ranks,” The Washington Post, 11/10/09)
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: TRUMP’S “SIGNIFICANT” NATIONAL SECURITY SPEECH
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The Blaze’s Buck Sexton: “Trump's Recitation Of Obama Administration Failures In Middle East Is Devastating, And Ties Directly To His Opponent, Hillary Clinton” (Twitter.com, 8/15/16)
National Review’s Stephen Hayes: “Trump's Broad Indictment Of Obama National Security Strategy… Is Pretty Effective.” (Twitter.com, 8/15/16)
Journalist Joel Pollak: “Trump’s Emphasis On Assimilation Is Spot-On — New Immigrants Must Abandon Intolerance If They Want To Benefit From Residence And Citizenship” (Twitter.com, 8/15/16)
CNN: “Trump… Lit Into Clinton And Obama For Their Policies…” “Trump also lit into Clinton and Obama for their policies, blaming them for the rise of ISIS and spelling out what he would do instead.” (CNN, 8/15/16)
Fox News: “Calling For An American Foreign Policy Shift… Focus All Resources On Halting The Spread Of Radical Islam.” “Donald Trump, calling for an American foreign policy shift, vowed Monday to end ‘nation-building’ if he’s elected president – and focus all resources on halting the spread of radical Islam.” (Fox News, 8/15/16)
- Fox News Headline: “Trump: End 'Nation-Building,' Focus On Fighting Radical Islamic Terror” (Fox News, 8/15/16)
New York Post Headline: “Trump Ready To Talk Tough In Foreign Policy Speech” (New York Post, 8/15/16)
Townhall’s Katie Pavlich: “Trump Slammed The Obama Administration's Manipulation Of Intelligence Reports To Downplay The ISIS Threat…” “Trump slammed the Obama administration's manipulation of intelligence reports to downplay the ISIS threat and attacked Clinton as lacking the judgment to be commander-in-chief.” (Townhall, 8/15/16)
Breitbart’s Alex Swoyer: “Trump Set Himself Apart From Hillary Clinton And President Obama’s Foreign Policy Approach…” “Donald Trump set himself apart from Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s foreign policy approach during a speech in Youngstown, Ohio on Monday where he laid out his foreign policy approach to deal with the Islamic State (ISIS) and radical Islam in more detail than he has in the past while on the campaign trail.” (Breitbart, 8/15/16)
WFMJ-TV (NBC-Youngstown): “Trump Has Focused His Speech On Fighting Terrorism And ISIS.” “Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken the stage at Youngstown State University's Kilcawley Center this afternoon. As expected, Trump has focused his speech on fighting terrorism and ISIS.” (WFMJ-TV, 8/15/16)
Yahoo! News’ Holly Bailey: “Trump Says He Will Throw People Out Of The Country Who Are Here ‘Preaching Hate.’” (Twitter.com, 8/15/16)
The Washington Post: “In His Speech Monday, Trump Said His Administration Would Be A Friend To All Moderate Muslim Reformers.” (The Washington Post, 8/15/16)
West Wing Reports’ Paul Brandus: “Very Even-Toned Speech By Trump And Good Use Of Prompter.” Brandus Tweet “Very even-toned speech by Trump and good use of prompter; but the words/content are a stark departure from his usual presentation.” (Twitter.com, 8/15/16)
CNBC’s Josh Brown: “I Agree With Trump That Internet Firms/Social Media [Companies] Need To Bear More Responsibility For Shutting Down Terror Recruitment.” (Twitter.com, 8/15/16)
USA Today: “Donald Trump To Supporters: ‘We Will Reject Bigotry And Hatred And Oppression In All Of Its Many Forms.’” (Twitter.com, 8/15/16)
USA Today Headline: “Trump Calls For 'Realism' In Anti-Terror Fight” (USA Today, 8/15/16)
The New York Times: “Laid Out His Plan For Combating Global Islamic Terrorism, Invoking The Cold War Era To Try New Approaches… Calling For Significant Changes In How The United States Defines Its Allies…” “Donald J. Trump on Monday laid out his plan for combating global Islamic terrorism, invoking the Cold War era to try new approaches and accusing President Obama and Hillary Clinton of bungling the fight against terrorist threats. Calling for significant changes in how the United States defines its allies, he urged an end to ‘nation building’ and recommended overhauling how the U.S. screens people coming in to the country.” (The New York Times, 8/15/16)
Youngstown Vindicator: “Trump Said He'd Welcome Any Nation That Wants To Destroy ISIS To Join The United States.” (Youngstown Vindicator, 8/15/16)
The Week: “Donald Trump Gave A Significant Speech On Terrorism On Monday, Describing The Battle Against "Radical Islamic Terrorism" As Being As Serious As The Cold War.” (The Week, 8/15/16)
Politico Sub-Headline: “The Republican Nominee Delivers A Sweeping Foreign Policy Address In Which He Also Calls For An End To Nation-Building.” (Politico, 8/15/16)
- Politico Headline: “Trump Declares Clinton 'Lacks The Moral Clarity' For The White House” (Politico, 8/15/16)
The Hill Headline: “Trump Blames Obama, Clinton For Rise Of ISIS” (The Hill, 8/15/16)
When Will America's Merkel Answer Questions On Her Radical Refugee Plans?"Hillary Clinton is America's Merkel. She wants to bring in 620,000 refugees, for a cost of about $400 billlion -- vastly more than the cost of helping many more in an overseas safe zone. How does Hillary Clinton plan to pay for healthcare, welfare, housing, food stamps, Social Security, Medicare and education costs? Whose benefits will she cut, and whose entitlements will she raid, to fund it, since we are broke? How many will she admit who have hostile attitudes toward the LGBTQ community? How Americans will face new competition for jobs? How long until she answers these questions?" - Stephen Miller, National Policy Director
Hillary for America
Statement from Jake Sullivan Responding to Trump’s Ideological Test for Immigrants
Hillary For America Senior Policy Adviser
Jake Sullivan released the following statement today in response to
Donald Trump's call for submitting immigrants
to ideological tests:
"This so-called ‘policy’ cannot be taken seriously. How can Trump put this forward with a straight face when he opposes marriage equality and selected as his running mate the man who signed an anti-LGBT law in Indiana? It's a cynical ploy to escape scrutiny of his outrageous proposal to ban an entire religion from our country and no one should fall for it."
HFA also released a new corresponding video.
for America Foreign Policy Advisor Laura Rosenberger and Local
Pittsburgh National Security Experts Outline Dangers of Trump
In addition to recklessly repeating his false claim about the founding of ISIS, which is now being used by Hezbollah, Trump has said that his primary foreign policy advisor is himself because he has "a very good brain" and that he "know[s] more about ISIS than the generals."
The roundtable featured Pittsburgh native and Hillary for America Foreign Policy Advisor Laura Rosenberger; BG Michael A. Dunn (Ret.); Dr. Paul Adams, Associate Professor of Political Science and Division Chair at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg; and Alex Austin, US Air Force Veteran and PA Delegate 14th District.
The participants issued the below statements following the event.
"We need Commander-in-Chief who has steady leadership, experience and judgment to keep us safe and address the challenges we face today. The choice in this election could not be more clear – on the one hand, we have Hillary Clinton, who many have called the most qualified candidate ever to run. Meanwhile, national security experts across party lines agree that Donald Trump would be the most reckless American President we have ever seen. He’s shown time and again he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and when he does put forward policy proposals, they are wrong-headed and would make us less safe. And his comments parroting our adversaries' talking points are already making us less safe by feeding their ideology," said Laura Rosenberger, Hillary for America Foreign Policy Advisor.
"We live in an ever-changing and unstable world, which is why we need a President who will lead America consistently and effectively. We need a serious leader who doesn’t shoot from the hip like Donald Trump but who listens, thinks and acts on our values. Hillary Clinton is that leader. She defends America’s core values in national security, and military, Veterans and their families’ health. She is the right candidate for President who can handle tough situations with composure," said BG Michael A. Dunn.
"The President, as our Commander-in-Chief and as a global leader, must be rational, well-informed, and well-advised. We cannot afford to entrust so much responsibility to anyone that not only fails to grasp the critical issues of the times but also one that seems incapable of prudent communications and leadership with the rest of the world. We need a president who understands and has experience in how to work with our allies, confront and contain those that oppose the US, and to respectfully and capably represent the United States to the world," said Dr. Paul S. Adams, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
"As an original Bernie Sanders supporter and Air Force veteran, I understand all too well the challenges that veterans endure, and the sacrifices that our service members make on a daily basis. This is why we need to elect a competent experienced leader such as Hillary Clinton to make the toughest decisions as Commander-in-Chief; I urge all of the Bernie Sanders supporters to consider what is at stake this election and follow Bernie's lead in supporting Hillary Clinton for president. We are stronger together," said Alex Austin, US Air Force Veteran and PA Delegate 14th District.
Trump Owes Americans Answers on Troubling Ties to Pro-Kremlin Forces
“Facing another news story detailing Trump’s team’s ties to Russia and on the day of his foreign policy address, Trump’s campaign manager’s statement raised more questions than it addressed. This is a serious matter and there are real concerns about the pro-Kremlin interests engaged with the Trump team. As someone running to lead American policy and national security, Donald Trump owes the American public answers.”
1. Between Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort and many other allies and surrogates, Trump should disclose the details of any ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities. Which of Trump’s employees or advisers are currently representing and/or being paid by these pro-Russia entities? How did these employees or advisers influence the numerous pro-Putin policy stances already adopted by the campaign?
2. Multiple sources have disputed Manafort’s claims on the RNC platform, confirming that the pro-Russia changes were made at the behest of the Trump campaign. Will Trump investigate how the change was made and which of his advisers advocated for it?
3. Given Paul Manafort’s history of potentially skirting the Foreign Agent Registration Act and the allegations in the story, will Trump investigate whether his own campaign chair violated FARA and/or whether the reported payments violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?
4. According to the Washington Post, Trump’s Foreign Policy Adviser Carter Page’s “background in Russia has raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.” Page, who has investments in Russian energy giant Gazprom, has been highly critical of U.S. and European economic sanctions placed on Russia and recently broke precedent by giving a speech critical of U.S. policy while in Moscow. What pro-Kremlin policies has Page advocated with Trump?
5. After recent Russian government hacking and disclosure of Democratic Party records, it was revealed that long-time Trump confidante Roger Stone was in communication with Julian Assange, leader of Wikileaks and source of key leaked information. In light of WikiLeaks reported ties to Russia, will Donald Trump disclose details of information shared between him and Roger Stone on Assange and the hack of US citizens?
- Campaign chairman Paul Manafort – Worked for pro-Putin lackey, propelling him to win the Ukrainian presidency. Did extensive business with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, including one who made billions from sweetheart deals Putin gave him on Russian oil.Pro-Kremlin Ukrainian leaders and the Trump campaign have refused to answer whether Manafort is still on a Ukrainian party's payroll.
- Foreign policy adviser Carter Page – Built a career on deals with Russia and its state-run gas company, and remains invested in it. Expressed excitement at the possibility of lifting sanctions. Gave a speech in Moscow this July criticizing the U.S. and calling for closer business coordination with Russia, and was rumored to have met with top Kremlin officials.
- Military adviser Gen. Michael Flynn – Has come under scrutiny for attending Kremlin propaganda outlet RT’s 10th anniversary gala where he sat two seats from Putin. Told Michael Isikoff he was paid for his speech in Russia, but he was paid by his “speakers’ bureau,” which is merely an intermediary.
- Recently departed adviser Michael Caputo – Was sent to Moscow while working for the State Department, but became “friendly with senior Kremlin officials” and State broke ties with him. He went on to earn a contract with the “Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to improve Putin’s image in the United States.”
- Foreign policy adviser Richard Burt – Sits on the Senior Advisory Board of Alfa Bank, Russia’s largest privately owned bank, and on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, which lobbies against U.S. sanctions on Russia. Burt has “expressed skepticism of the relevance of NATO.”
- Economic adviser & fundraiser Howard Lorber – Traveled with Donald Trump to Moscow in the late 90s seeking a real estate deal. Trump once bragged to a Russian politician, “Howard has major investments in Russia.”
- Trump adviser & surrogate Boris Epshteyn – Moscow-born investment banker who served as the moderator for a 2013 at the “Invest In Moscow!” Conference in New York. Has echoed Kremlin talking points as a Trump surrogate on TV, claiming that Russia did not seize Crimea.
- Trump Adviser Rick Gates
partner of Manafort’s who has
same Pro-Putin Russian and Ukrainian
oligarchs as Manafort.
Correct the Record
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Monday, August 15, 2016
CONTACT: Correct The Record
Elizabeth Shappell / Lizzy Price
CTR STATEMENT ON TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY SPEECHCorrect The Record President Brad Woodhouse released the following statement on Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech:
“Donald Trump just proposed a purity test to enter the United States--one he and his supporters would likely fail,” said Brad Woodhouse, President of Correct The Record. “Despite speaking from a teleprompter, Trump’s speech was as mendacious, bizarre and bigoted as ever. Trump once again lied about his record of supporting the Iraq War and the intervention in Libya. His ‘extreme vetting’ proposal is simply a rebranding of his bigoted ban on Muslims. He claims he wants work with other countries to fight ISIS, but has spent the past year disparaging our closest allies and undermining the NATO alliance.
“Trump still has no detailed plan to keep America safe and no amount of teleprompter speeches can hide the fact he is utterly unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”
Correct The Record is a strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks.