Donald Trump outlined his plan to combat global terrorism on Monday calling for extreme vetting of immigrants moving to the states.
Reading carefully from his teleprompter, the Republican nominee delivered a calm, calculated speech in Youngstown, Ohio. He used his time to criticize his rival Hillary Clinton by saying she lacks the “mental and physical stamina” to fight the Islamic State terrorist network.
Mr Trump said that he would partner with nearly any country who shared his goal of thwarting global terrorism—nodding to Russia as one
"Any country that shares this goal will be our allies," Mr Trump said. "We can never choose our friends, but we can never fail to recognize our enemies."
“We cannot let this evil continue,” Mr Trump told his supporters before criticizing President Barack Obama and his administration for not using the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism.” The White House and Clinton have repeatedly condemned this language saying that it plays into the recruiting efforts of terrorists.
Mr Trump also promised to work with NATO in the fight against militants.
The Wall Street Journal, a leading conservative news outlet, recently wrote a scathing editorial urging Mr Trump to begin acting presidential or step down from the race.
“Those who sold Mr Trump to GOP voters as the man who could defeat Hillary Clinton now face a moment of truth,” the Journal concludes. “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. As for Mr. Trump, he needs to stop blaming everyone else and decide if he wants to behave like someone who wants to be President — or turn the nomination over to Mike Pence.”