In his State of the Union address January 30, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the worldwide scourge of radical Islam and specific policies vis-a-vis this problem that will be adopted by America to fight it.
Here is a summary of Trump’s vision going into the future:
Trump noted that two recent terror attacks in New York were “made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration,” and stated, “In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.”
He vowed to reform the immigration rules that allowed this to happen.
In the face of threats America faces from around the world from “rogue regimes” and “terrorist groups,” Trump said a weak military is the “surest path to conflict,” while “unmatched power is the surest means of our defense.”
He asked Congress to end the defense sequester and fully fund the military. Specific requests included:
Trump noted that last year, he pledged to work with America’s allies “to extinguish ISIS from the face of the earth.” One year later, he was able to report that the coalition has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by this terror organization in Iraq and Syria. He vowed to continue the fight until ISIS is completely defeated.
The president then made an important distinction: “Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants,” he said. “And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.”
He commenting on his recent order to keep the Guantanamo Bay facilities open, a promise he had previously made: “In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield — including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.”
Trump said there are now new rules of engagement for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. “Our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans,” he said.
Most importantly, he asked Congress “to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.”
Trump noted that he stood up for the Iranian people when they “rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship” and reiterated America’s support for the people of Iran “in their courageous struggle for freedom. He also asked Congress to address the “fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.”
For a the full text of President Trump’s State of the Union address, click here.