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In Fort Myers Trump calls for tougher response to terrorism

Donald Trump in Fort Myers


Donald Trump in Fort Myers



Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton as weak on terrorism during a rally in Fort Myers this afternoon, rejecting her criticism that his rhetoric has helped cause the problem that surfaced again in attacks over the weekend.

"Weakness invites aggression. and silence in the face of a brutal enemy ... it allows it to spread and that's what's happening all over the world," Trump said, deeming Clinton "weak an ineffective."

HIs comments came hour after Clinton put blame on Trump.  “They are looking to make this into a war against Islam, rather than a war against jihadists, violent terrorists," Clinton said. “The kinds of rhetoric and language Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.”

Trump said Clinton and President Obama cannot use the words "radical Islam," adding: "Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country."

Trump reiterated his proposals for tougher screening of immigrants, to test their ideology and love for the U.S. "These attacks were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system," he said.

"It's time to do things right. We have to put America first. We have to put America first," Trump said to cheers.

After terrorism, he talked of growing jobs and fixing the nation's infrastructure.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 5:03pm]


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