Donald Trump is due to deliver a speech in Youngstown, Ohio later this afternoon detailing his counterterrorism strategy & his immigration proposals.
Based on the details of the speech which have been released by the Trump campaign, I have two questions.
First, Trump is expected to state that the United States needs to align with any country who wishes to fight radical Islam despite any ideological and strategic differences arguing that “we can’t choose our friends, we must always recognize our enemies.” But if Trump’s main target is ISIS doesn’t this mean an alliance with Iran and Syria?
Second, Trump is also expected to propose an ideological test for those seeking to come to this country. This test would ask prospective immigrants if they believed in religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. While our immigration policy should be aimed towards those who embrace American values, what makes Trump think that people who don’t share these values will be honest about their views? I doubt any prospective immigrant who is a Muslim and has aligned himself with ISIS is going to tell such a thing to American immigration officials.
While I agree that Trump is more forthcoming than Hillary when it comes to radical Islam, the cures he has proposed to date are worse than the disease.