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Halting radical Islam must be major foreign policy goal: Donald Trump

Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has laid out the vision of his foreign policy saying ‘halting the spread of Islamic extremism’ would be a ‘major goal’ for the United States if he is elected president.
India TV News Desk April 28, 2016 11:01 IST
India TV News Desk

Washington: Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has laid out the vision of his foreign policy saying ‘halting the spread of Islamic extremism’ would be a ‘major goal’ for the United States if he is elected president.

"Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States and indeed, the world," Trump said outlining his foreign policy during a speech in Washington on Wednesday.

The 69-year-old also said that he would put American security ‘above all else’ and that the days of terror group Islamic State are numbered. "America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration," he said, adding that sending troops overseas would be his last option and would depend on diplomacy and the country's economic power.

"I have a simple message for them (ISIS). Their days are numbered. I won't tell them where and I won't tell them how. We must as a nation be more unpredictable. We are totally predictable. We tell everything. We're sending troops. We tell them. We're sending something else. We have a news conference. We have to be unpredictable. And we have to be unpredictable starting now," Trump said.

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"They're going to be gone. ISIS will be gone if I am elected president. And they'll be gone quickly. They will be gone very, very quickly," Trump added.
“To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be reliable again. It's going to be a great and reliable ally again. It's going to be a friend again. We're going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests and the shared interests of our allies," Trump further said.

In his first major foreign policy speech, a day after he declared himself as a ‘presumptive nominee’ when he won primaries in all the five States, Trump said, "Events may require the use of military force, but it's also a philosophical struggle, like our long struggle in the Cold War. In this, we're going to be working very closely with our allies in the Muslim world, all of which are at risk from radical Islamic violence, attacks and everything else. It is a dangerous world, more dangerous now than it has ever been," he said.

"We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a two-way street," he added.

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He said in the Middle East the US' goals must be to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability, not radical change. "We need to be clear sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies. And believe me, we have groups that no matter what you do, they will be the enemy," he further said.

On ‘strain’ ties with US and Russia, he said that his administration would seek to improve ties with these countries. He, however, didn’t mentioned anything about US-India relationship.

"I'd like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country, one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace," Trump said, asserting that it is time to ‘shake the rust off’ America's foreign policy.

"We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes, but we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests," he said.

"I believe easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries. Some say the Russians won't be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can't make a deal under my administration, a deal that's great -- not good, great -- for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It's as simple as that. We're going to find out," he cautioned.

Fixing US relations with China is another important step, he said. "China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect," he said.

"We have a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit that we have to find a way quickly, and I mean quickly, to balance. A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better friend in China, better than we have right now. Look at what China is doing in the South China Sea. They're not supposed to be doing it," Trump said.