On Tuesday night’s joint address to Congress, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to defeating and destroying “radical Islamic terrorism.” He defended his travel ban which was struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in February.
“We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorists to form inside of America,” Trump said. “We cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.”
The President is expected to sign a new executive order this week that is a reprisal of his first travel ban. Reports are emerging from the White House that Trump will not include Iraq on the list of countries affected under the new travel ban.
Meanwhile, Trump is trying to deliver on a campaign promise of defeating the ISIS, which he called “a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians and men and women and children of all faiths and all beliefs.”
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Florida, 19th) is certainly relieved to have a Commander-in-Chief who calls the enemy by it’s name, and there are no longer any mix-ups in identifying the root cause.
“Remember the Obama administration said Benghazi was caused by a movie,” Rep. Rooney said in an interview with Red Alert Politics. “We know what it is. We know it’s a serious threat. We know it’s not about Muslims.”
The Florida Congressman continued. “We know it’s about a terrorist hegemony. And President Trump is starting to put out a clear set of policies that I think can address it.”
While the President has not approved of a plan, CNN reported this week that the Pentagon sent a “preliminary framework” of options to the White House to get Trump’s approval. The options include possible military, diplomatic, and financial measures to increase U.S. engagement in the fight against terror.
When asked how the Trump administration and Congress can reassure millennials that they won’t get involved in another ground war, Rooney responded by saying we have “to look at where we fight without pitched battle.”
“We’re living in a world of asymmetrical fights and conflicts that don’t call for the kind of Afghanistan or Iraq troop deployment.”
Watch an excerpt from our interview with Rep. Francis Rooney below: