Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he will institute "extreme vetting" of immigrants and establish a new "commission on radical Islam" if he wins the USA election in November. "The common thread linking the major Islamic terrorist attacks that have recently occurred on our soil... is that they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants", Trump said. He also called for global efforts to cut off funding to terrorist groups, expanded intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare - all steps that are part of the existing White House strategy. In a shift, Trump also said he wanted to work with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance he previously called obsolete, to root out terrorism. Trump aides who previewed the address said the billionaire mogul would unveil a new policy proposal where the government would vet immigrants by whether they supported American values, according to The Associated Press. "We don't need more". The latter plan has changed since he first suggested a "total and complete" ban on Muslim immigration. "I call it extreme, extreme vetting", he continued.
"We will also work closely with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on this new mission", said Trump, whose remarks about the defense organization earlier this summer drew heavy criticism from allies and even some of his fellow Republicans.
Intentionality unknown, Trump contradicted himself in promising "only those who we expect to ... embrace a tolerant American society should be issued visas". "In addition to scrape out all members of the sympathisers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any hostile attitude towards our country or its principles, or who believed Sharia law should supplant American law", he said. "We can not let this evil continue", Trump said.
Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and top US government officials have warned of the dangers of using that kind of language to describe the conflict, arguing that it plays into militants' hands. He cited a 2003 interview he gave to Fox's Neil Cavuto in which he said, "Perhaps [we] shouldn't be doing it yet and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations" on invading Iraq.
In a speech meant to refine his policies for combating Islamic State, the Republican presidential candidate insisted that such measures were necessary to stop its spread. "Yet, as she threw the Middle East into violent turmoil, things turned out really to be not so hot for our world and our country, the Middle East in particular". Last week, an economic policy speech he delivered calling for lower corporate taxes and rolling back federal regulations was overshadowed by a series of provocative statements, including that Obama founded ISIS.