For the second week in a row, Donald Trump started off the new week with a major speech. This time, Trump’s focus was on foreign policy and his plans for limiting immigration.
Trump said that his immigration program is a key ingredient to his program for combating terrorism. He proposed a new ideological test that would limit immigrants to “those who share our values and respect our people.” Trump said that he would ban those who sympathize with terrorists and those that believe in Shariah Law and support bigotry and hatred.
Trump cites failure of Obama and Clinton in dealing with ISIS
The speech was given at Youngstown State University in Ohio where Trump was direct in his criticism of the antiterrorism policies of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
"The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. Our current strategy of nation building and regime change is an absolute proven failure." — Donald J. Trump
Trump called for allying with countries that agree to share the common goal of halting “the spread of radical Islam.” He repeated his past statements that the U.S. could improve relations with Russia and find “common ground” in the fight against ISIS.
Calls for only admitting immigrants who share American values
While Trump did not repeat his earlier proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., he did not retreat from his previous stand on enacting barriers to keep terrorists and anyone else with a hostile attitude towards the U.S. out of the country.
"Only those who we expect to flourish in our country—and to embrace a tolerant American society—should be issued visas." — Donald J. Trump
Trump said that he would keep the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba open and supports the increased use of drone strikes, along with capturing “high-value targets.”
The speech did appear to soften some of Trump’s earlier stands on NATO, and he said the United States would work in close cooperation with NATO on counterterrorism. Trump has earlier called for America to “get out of the “nation-building business.”
The speech was given with the help of a teleprompter and Trump appeared to stay on message throughout his talk. He avoided any of the off the cuff remarks that drew attention away from his economic speech last week in Detroit.