Donald Trump is set to lay out his plan for defeating the Islamic terrorist group ISIS this Monday, August 15.
The Republican presidential nominee has announced he believes the fight is an ideological one, comparing it to that of the Cold War.
The plans will be laid out at an Ohio rally, where he will explain the measures the United States would take were he to become president. According to a senior Trump official, the plan includes the banning of individuals from countries with heavy terrorist activity and where the vetting process for visas is more difficult, as well as increasing cooperation with willing Middle Eastern allies.
Additionally, Trump is expected to explain how the United States would abandon all nation-building or democracy-spreading plans in the Middle East.
“We can’t always choose our friends, but we know that we have to fight our enemies,” one Trump spokesperson said. “We are going to work with anyone in the Middle East who is in agreement with us that ISIS needs to be extinguished.”
The announcement comes after Trump said he wanted “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Since then, Trump has extended his plan by claiming he will ban anyone from a country that has ties to terrorism or high levels of terrorist activity.
In addition to contradicting his “ideals” and searching for allies in the Middle East, Trump has also expressed his willingness to work with countries like China and Russia as part of his plan to get rid of ISIS. He has focused mainly on the possibility of working with Putin, stating that, if they both want ISIS gone, then they should work together.
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Trump’s campaign has been dropping in the polls lately, with many high-ranking and prominent Republicans telling him to get his act together.
Trump recently accused President Obama of being the founder of ISIS.
Trump has stated the third piece in his new plan against ISIS and prevention against further terrorist attacks includes an increased vetting of individuals entering the United States through the development of a “test” that would question visa applicants on their support of US values, and help identify supporters of extremist ideologies.
Trump’s senior campaign official said that, for example, many people “may have attitudes about women or attitudes about Christians or gays that can be considered oppressive, even violent.”