Trump reveals few details on "extreme vetting" of immigrants
- Author: Joey Payne Aug 17, 2016,
Aug 17, 2016, 1:07
He didn't give specifics on such a test.
"We will also work closely with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on this new mission", said Trump. "Only those who we expect to flourish in our country and to embrace a tolerant American society should be issued visas", he said.
While claiming that if elected, his administration would be a friend to all moderate Muslims, Trump reiterated his initiatives to temporarily suspend visas from Muslim-majority countries and countries with a history of exporting terrorism.
The principal new initiative was what Trump called "extreme vetting" for "any hostile attitude towards our country or its principles, or who believed sharia law should supplant American law".
"In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test", Trump said.
In response, Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras said, "He's a xenophobe, he's the king of dichotomy and double-talk". We are a nation of immigrants.
"Anyone who can't name our enemy is not fit to lead our country", he said.
Clinton is focusing on domestic themes Monday as she campaigns in Pennsylvania with Vice President Joe Biden.
The YSU room can hold up to 750 people, but Trump's campaign limited the number of invitations to 350.
Trump's algorithm is to say semi-random things until his crowd roars its approval, then he iteratively modifies those statements, seeking more and more approval, until he maxes out and tries a new tack.
"A different threat challenges our world, radical Islamic terrorism".
Of course, immigration experts across the political spectrum say that the vetting of immigrants to the USA is already pretty extreme. We can not allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool and for other purposes by our enemy. 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.
Trump's campaign aides said the new ideological test for admission to the United States would vet applicants for their stance on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.
Trump spent a great deal of his time criticizing President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
Hillary for America Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan released a statement Monday, saying, Trump's "so-called "policy" can not be taken seriously". The few plans he has put forth - like his Muslim ban - are out of step with our values and our common sense. "Some align with Vladimir Putin's interests and not with American interests; others play into ISIS' hands". "She also lacks the mentality to take on ISIS". They, too, have much at stake in the outcome in Syria, and have had their own battles with Islamic terrorism just as bad as ours.
Trump vowed to work "very closely" with NATO, sidestepping previous criticism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization after saying that a Trump presidency would not automatically leap to members' defense.
"You know, we have never fought with Russian Federation".
Trump wants to create an "international conference" to work with Israel, Egypt and Jordan "and all others who recognize this ideology of death must be extinguished".
In a speech in Ohio, Mr Trump outlined his plans to combat Islamic extremism, including a new screening test for arrivals to the United States.
"We can not let this evil continue", Trump said as he listed a number of terrorist attacks carried out by jihadist elements, both in the United States and overseas, over the past few years.
That's an apparent omission of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which Giuliani was New York City mayor and became the face of American grief and determination. Overall, about 3,000 died in terrorist attacks on September 11 with the rest dying when a plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and another plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa.
Trump was lending credence to those in Turkey who were accusing the Obama administration of backing the coup attempt against Erdogan, Biden complained, adding, "Does he have any idea of the adverse consequences these outlandish comments have on our allies, our friends, and the physical safety of our troops?" He is the author of "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists".
"If they can't get Mr. Trump to change his act by Labor Day, the GOP will have no choice but to write off the nominee as hopeless and focus on salvaging the Senate and House and other down-ballot races", the newspaper said.
The two gaffes attracted national attention and trended for hours on Twitter. He spoke from a script and made no wild, ad hoc accusations.