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Donald Trump vows to 'totally destroy' ISIS, wants to build safe zones in Syria for immigrants

US President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to totally destroy ISIS and rebuild the US military as part of measures to keep the country safe.

India TV News Desk, Washington [Published on:19 Feb 2017, 9:39 AM IST]
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Reiterating his promises, US President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to "totally destroy" ISIS and rebuild the US military as part of measures to keep the country safe. 

"Here's the bottom line. We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening," Trump said at a campaign-style rally in Florida, nearly a month after taking oath. 

Commenting upon the US federal courts halting his executive order that imposed a travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trump said, “We've allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country. And there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing." 

Trump said he has directed the defence community, headed by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis "to develop a plan to totally destroy ISIS," and begin plans for "the great rebuilding" of the United States military. 

"We will pursue peace through strength. Our military is badly depleted. We make the best equipment anywhere in the world. We're going to start using our best and most modern equipment," he said.

Trump said he wants to build safe zones in Syria and other places so immigrants can stay there and live safely. 

"We were left a mess like you wouldn't believe. But we're going to build safe zones. We're going to have those safe zones," he said. 

"We want people to come into our country. But we want people that love us. We want people that can cherish us and the traditions of our country. We want people that are going to be great for our country. We don't want people with bad, bad ideas. We don't want that," he said. 

Trump also touched on familiar rhetoric, saying the US does not "win anymore". 

"Instead of peace, we've seen wars that never end and conflicts that never seem to go away. We don't fight to win. We fight politically correct wars. We don't win anymore. We don't win at trade. We don't win in any capacity. We don't win anymore. We're going to start winning again. Believe me," he said. 

He said he has also started taking steps to bring back jobs to the country and revive the fledging economy. 

Trump, a billionaire himself, lashed out at the "so-called global elite", saying they have done very well for themselves, leaving working families with shrinking wages. 

"We have the chance...to pursue real peace, real stability and real prosperity. We want to secure our borders and protect our workers. To rebuild our military and our infrastructure. To fix our schools and restore safety to our neighbourhoods. To bring hope and opportunity to our inner cities," he said.

Trump also said he has started taking steps to bring back jobs to the country and "revive" the economy. 

The event had the familiar trappings of a Trump campaign rally, including red Trump caps, "Make America Great Again" and "Trump/Pence" signs and at least one sign reading "Hillary for Prison." Some of the speakers ahead of Trump's appearance called for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care law, criticized the news media or lobbed barbs at Clinton, other constants of last year's rallies.

The Republican, who in the run-up to the presidential elections was accused of sexually harassing women, also said he wants to ensure a "level playing field for all women in the workforce."

(With PTI inputs) 

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