“I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by …such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.
You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens.
Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine.
I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith.
In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust.
Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.
Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.
And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.
For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today.
Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.
This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.
We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond.
Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.
This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.
I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you.
America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.
Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.
Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples.
With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world.
But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it.
Few nations have been spared its violent reach.
America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.
The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims.
But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence.
Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim.
We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.
The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.
The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity.
This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.
Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture.
Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage.
All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.
The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home.
But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it.
Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.
Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.
If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.
If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.
This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.
This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.
This is a battle between Good and Evil.
When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy.
But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.
Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.
America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security.
But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.
It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.
A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and
DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.
For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.
Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention.
We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals.
Above all, America seeks peace – not war.
Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.
The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.
Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country.
As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.
I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered.
I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah.
Of course, there is still much work to do.
That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.
Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.
And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.
The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism.
I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions.
That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities.
For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.
In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them.
But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.
From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.
It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.
Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.
Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.
Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.
The decisions we make will affect countless lives.
King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world.
This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence.
We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice.
Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time.
Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have.
The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring.
Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear.
These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples.
I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL.
Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.”
EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES
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Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.
Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.
In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.
Sec. 3. Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall immediately conduct a review to determine the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit to the President a report on the results of the review described in subsection (a) of this section, including the Secretary of Homeland Security’s determination of the information needed for adjudications and a list of countries that do not provide adequate information, within 30 days of the date of this order. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence.
(c) To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening of foreign nationals, and to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals, pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).
(d) Immediately upon receipt of the report described in subsection (b) of this section regarding the information needed for adjudications, the Secretary of State shall request all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification.
(e) After the 60-day period described in subsection (d) of this section expires, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested pursuant to subsection (d) of this section until compliance occurs.
(f) At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment.
(g) Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.
(h) The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall submit to the President a joint report on the progress in implementing this order within 30 days of the date of this order, a second report within 60 days of the date of this order, a third report within 90 days of the date of this order, and a fourth report within 120 days of the date of this order.
Sec. 4. Implementing Uniform Screening Standards for All Immigration Programs. (a) The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall implement a program, as part of the adjudication process for immigration benefits, to identify individuals seeking to enter the United States on a fraudulent basis with the intent to cause harm, or who are at risk of causing harm subsequent to their admission. This program will include the development of a uniform screening standard and procedure, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that the applicant is who the applicant claims to be; a process to evaluate the applicant’s likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society and the applicant’s ability to make contributions to the national interest; and a mechanism to assess whether or not the applicant has the intent to commit criminal or terrorist acts after entering the United States.
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of this directive within 60 days of the date of this order, a second report within 100 days of the date of this order, and a third report within 200 days of the date of this order.
Sec. 5. Realignment of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2017. (a) The Secretary of State shall suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. During the 120-day period, the Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, shall review the USRAP application and adjudication process to determine what additional procedures should be taken to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States, and shall implement such additional procedures. Refugee applicants who are already in the USRAP process may be admitted upon the initiation and completion of these revised procedures. Upon the date that is 120 days after the date of this order, the Secretary of State shall resume USRAP admissions only for nationals of countries for which the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence have jointly determined that such additional procedures are adequate to ensure the security and welfare of the United States.
(b) Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.
(c) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.
(d) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I determine that additional admissions would be in the national interest.
(e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest — including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship — and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.
(f) The Secretary of State shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of the directive in subsection (b) of this section regarding prioritization of claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution within 100 days of the date of this order and shall submit a second report within 200 days of the date of this order.
(g) It is the policy of the executive branch that, to the extent permitted by law and as practicable, State and local jurisdictions be granted a role in the process of determining the placement or settlement in their jurisdictions of aliens eligible to be admitted to the United States as refugees. To that end, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall examine existing law to determine the extent to which, consistent with applicable law, State and local jurisdictions may have greater involvement in the process of determining the placement or resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions, and shall devise a proposal to lawfully promote such involvement.
Sec. 6. Rescission of Exercise of Authority Relating to the Terrorism Grounds of Inadmissibility. The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Attorney General, consider rescinding the exercises of authority in section 212 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182, relating to the terrorism grounds of inadmissibility, as well as any related implementing memoranda.
Sec. 7. Expedited Completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States, as recommended by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the President periodic reports on the progress of the directive contained in subsection (a) of this section. The initial report shall be submitted within 100 days of the date of this order, a second report shall be submitted within 200 days of the date of this order, and a third report shall be submitted within 365 days of the date of this order. Further, the Secretary shall submit a report every 180 days thereafter until the system is fully deployed and operational.
Sec. 8. Visa Interview Security. (a) The Secretary of State shall immediately suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program and ensure compliance with section 222 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1222, which requires that all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa undergo an in-person interview, subject to specific statutory exceptions.
(b) To the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of State shall immediately expand the Consular Fellows Program, including by substantially increasing the number of Fellows, lengthening or making permanent the period of service, and making language training at the Foreign Service Institute available to Fellows for assignment to posts outside of their area of core linguistic ability, to ensure that non-immigrant visa-interview wait times are not unduly affected.
Sec. 9. Visa Validity Reciprocity. The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable.
Sec. 10. Transparency and Data Collection. (a) To be more transparent with the American people, and to more effectively implement policies and practices that serve the national interest, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall, consistent with applicable law and national security, collect and make publicly available within 180 days, and every 180 days thereafter:
(i) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; convicted of terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; or removed from the United States based on terrorism-related activity, affiliation, or material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national security reasons since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later;
(ii) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and
(iii) information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and
(iv) any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.
(b) The Secretary of State shall, within one year of the date of this order, provide a report on the estimated long-term costs of the USRAP at the Federal, State, and local levels.
Sec. 11. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Pence put on a strong display of how to be prepared, pivot, and punch back
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence won Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate by a landslide, offering a polished, poignant performance some are suggesting Donald Trump could learn from ahead of his second face-off with Hillary Clinton Sunday.
As Pence and Virginia Sen. Time Kaine clashed during the debate in Farmville, Virginia, the well-prepared Pence maintained his cool in the face of Kaine’s incessant interruptions. In deftly dodging Kaine’s darts and refusing to become bogged down by his attacks, the Indiana governor winsomely presented the Trump campaign’s strong vision for implementing change in Washington and restoring greatness to the nation.
“This is exactly what Trump needed,” Ingraham said. “But what could Donald Trump learn from the way Mike Pence handled himself?”
“This is exactly what Trump needed,” LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham said Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “But what could Donald Trump learn from the way Mike Pence handled himself?”
Ingraham said despite the fact Pence and Trump are “totally different people” with vastly differing styles, the GOP nominee could nevertheless garner some practical insights.
“Donald Trump is not going to be Mike Pence. He’s not gonna be someone who doesn’t react to all attacks,” Ingraham said, noting that Trump cannot afford to “squander precious time” on trivial things that don’t matter.
“I think [Trump] can learn a lot from Mike Pence about the pivot, which is something you have to do in these debate settings. You can’t stay on whatever the moderator wants you to answer. You have to move to your points.”
Byron York, the chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, told Ingraham the next debate for Trump will be his “last chance” to make up for his rough first performance.
“Remember we were saying that about the first debate, that it was so critical and Trump has this huge opportunity. It is a one-time opportunity. Well, it was kind of a one-time opportunity, but I do think he has another chance,” York said, noting that President Obama made a magnificent comeback in his second debate during his 2012 bid for re-election — after suffering a crushing defeat in the first one to then-GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
“It’s possible he could have another chance. But he has to be better, and to do that, he has to have been working this last week or so on a lot of this traditional stuff,” York said.
York and Ingraham pointed to how Pence spent weeks preparing for the vice presidential debate, participating in mock debates and reviewing Kaine’s old debate footage during his runs for the Senate and for Virginia governor. In stark contrast, Trump eschewed these “traditional” preparation methods.
“[Pence] was 12 years in the House of Representatives in the leadership and he’s been governor of Indiana for three years. He’s been studying and working with policy for years and years. Donald Trump has not, so he can’t just do that,” York said. “But, Trump is Trump, and he has the advantage on issues over Hillary Clinton. And if he performs well, then I think he really does have a chance to get back in it.”
Both Ingraham and York agreed that Trump should decrease the number of rallies he gives just before each of the two remaining events. The GOP nominee participated in a rally the day before the first debate, and he is scheduled to give another one the day before the second debate.
“I mean, I’m not giving him advice, but man — I would just have him stay put, get rested, and just focus on that debate, because I think the debate is really important,” Ingraham said.
York added, “Obviously, I think Trump thinks that it gives him a sort of push of energy, this extra boost, this wind under his wings to do that. But, a debate is not a rally, and this one truly is, I think, his last chance to come out and do well before a massive TV audience.”
If Trump can pull a solid second debate performance, the polls — which have been swinging up and down before meeting the middle in a continuous cycle for months — could stabilize and give Trump the edge he needs to win, York said.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a campaign surrogate for Trump, agreed that Trump’s poll numbers depend on his ability to churn out a solid second debate performance.
“Now I think he can begin an ascent toward Election Day because the issues, as you indicate, reflect the concerns of the American people. Nobody is protecting their interests,” Sessions said. “So I think if we can get this message and this campaign back to those fundamental issues and why Donald Trump’s policies will make America stronger, better and more prosperous, then he’ll be on track to regain the lead that he had twice moving forward.”
In the end, Sessions believes that Trump has always had the edge over Clinton in terms of his campaign message and his willingness to both listen to and champion the concerns of the American people. If Trump can make this clear in the second debate, then he can build on Pence’s boost in momentum and claim victory on Election Day — because Clinton represents “the epitome of the global Establishment special interest camp.”
“This is about the concerns of the American people. They have been ignored. Hillary Clinton calls them ‘irredeemable deplorables.’ I mean, this is the mindset of the mainstream of Establishment power groups from globalists to Washington, D.C. They’re used to running things their way, and they’ve stiffed the American people in their interests,” Sessions concluded. “This is the kind of thing that creates an opportunity for us to elect somebody who’s in tune with where the people are, and I think Donald Trump’s message is there.”
Understanding The Threat: Radical Islam And The Age Of Terror
“Thank you. It is great to be with you this afternoon.
Today we begin a conversation about how to Make America Safe Again.
In the 20th Century, the United States defeated Fascism, Nazism, and Communism.
Now, a different threat challenges our world: Radical Islamic Terrorism.
This summer, there has been an ISIS attack launched outside the war zones of the Middle East every 84 hours. 1 2
1 (Tim Lister, “‘One ISIS Attack Every 84 Hours’ Spurs Dread And Anger In Europe,” CNN, 7/31/16)
2 (Tim Lister, Ray Sanchez, Mark Bixler, Sean O’Key, Michael Hogenmiller and Mohammed Tawfeeq, “ISIS Goes Global: 143 Attacks In 29 Countries Have Killed 2,043,” CNN, 12/17/15)
3 (Jim Garamone, “President, Top Leaders to Attend Fort Hood Service,” United States Department of Defense, 11/9/09)
4 (Ted Rowlands and Michael Cary, “Army Honors Dead, Searches For Motive In Fort Hood Shootings,” CNN, 11/7/09)
5 (Scott Malone, “Boston Officials Say 264 Injured In Marathon Bombing,” Reuters, 4/23/13)
6 (Bob Salsberg, “Officer Who Died Year After Boston Marathon Shootout Honored,” Associated Press, 10/18/15)
7 (Lindsay Ellis, Devlin Barrett And Arian Campo-Flores, “Navy Sailor Shot in Chattanooga Attack Dies, Bringing Death Toll to Five,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/22/15)
8 (“San Bernardino Shooting: 22nd Injured Victim Steps Forward, FBI Says,” The Press Enterprise, 12/9/15)
Here, in America, we have seen one brutal attack after another.
13 were murdered, and 38 wounded, in the assault on Ft. Hood. 3 4
The Boston Marathon Bombing wounded and maimed 264 people, 5 and ultimately left five dead – including 2 police officers. 6
In Chattanooga, Tennessee, five unarmed marines were shot and killed at a military recruiting center. 7
Last December, 14 innocent Americans were gunned down at an office party in San Bernardino, another 22 were injured. 8 2
In June, 49 Americans were executed at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and another 53 were injured. 9 It was the worst mass shooting in our history, and the worst attack on the LGBTQ community in our history.
9 (Lizette Alvarez, Richard Perez-Pena and Christine Hauser, “Orlando Gunman Was ‘Cool and Calm’ After Massacre, Police Say,” The New York Times, 6/13/16)
10 (Cassandra Vinograd, Alastair Jamieson, Florence Viala And Alexander Smith, “Charlie Hebdo Shooting: 12 Killed at Muhammad Cartoons Magazine in Paris,” NBC News, 1/7/15)
11 (Yamiche Alcindor and Elena Berton, “Four Killed At Paris Grocery Store Were All Jewish,” USA Today, 1/11/15)
12 (“France Attacks,” Associated Press, Accessed 8/13/16)
13 (Tara Patel, “French Tourism Slumps as Terror Attacks Spook Foreign Travelers,” Bloomberg, 8/7/16)
14 (Aurelien Breeden, “More Suspects in Brussels Attacks Arrested in Belgium,” The New York Times, 4/8/16)
15 (Steve Visser, “Death Toll Rises to 85 in Bastille Day Attack in Nice,” CNN, 8/5/16)
16 (Alissa J. Rubin and Lilia Blaise, “A Third of Nice Truck Attack’s Dead Were Muslim, Group Says,” The New York Times, 7/19/16)
17 (Mary Hui, Lindsey Bever and Cleve R. Wootson Jr, “Texas Father And His 11-Year-Old Son Among The Dead In Nice Attack; California Student Missing,” The Washington Post, 7/15/16)
In Europe, we have seen the same carnage and bloodshed inflicted upon our closest allies.
In January of 2015, a French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Twelve were killed, including two police officers, and 11 were wounded. 10 Two days later, four were murdered in a Jewish Deli. 11
In November of 2015, terrorists went on a shooting rampage in Paris that slaughtered 130 people, and wounded another 368. 12 France is suffering gravely, and the tourism industry is being massively affected in a most negative way. 13
In March of this year, terrorists detonated a bomb in the Brussels airport, killing 32 and injuring 340. 14
This July, in the South of France, an Islamic terrorist turned his truck into an instrument of mass murder, plowing down and killing 85 men, women and children 15 – and wounding another 308. 16 Among the dead were 2 Americans – a Texas father, and his 11-year-old son. 17 3
A few weeks ago, in Germany, a refugee armed with an axe wounded five people in a gruesome train attack. 18
18 (Melissa Eddy, “Afghan Teenager Spoke of Friend’s Death Before Ax Attack in Germany,” The New York Times, 7/19/16)
19 (Noemie Olive, “Islamists Attack French Church, Slit Priest’s Throat,” Reuters, 7/27/16)
20 (Malia Zimmerman, “74 Children Executed By ISIS For ‘Crimes’ That Include Refusal To Fast, Report Says,” FOX News, 7/2/15)
21 (Arwa Damon, Hamdi Alkhshali, and Bryony Jones, “Meet The Man Saving Yazidi Slaves From ISIS,” CNN, 6/2/16)
22 (Rukmini Callimachi, “To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control,” The New York Times, 3/12/16)
23 (“19 Yazidi Girls Burned Alive For Refusing To Have Sex With Their ISIS Captors,” FOX News, 6/6/16)
24 (Steve Almasy, “Group: ISIS ‘Crucifies’ Men In Public In Syrian Towns,” CNN, 6/30/14)
25 (Rukmini Callimachi, “The Horror Before the Beheadings,” The New York Times, 10/25/14)
26 (Joe Tacopino, “ISIS Slowly Drowns Prisoners In A Cage,” New York Post, 6/24/15)
27 (Jamie Dean, “The ISIS War Against ‘The People Of The Cross’,” WNG, 2/17/15)
28 (Michael Lipka, “Muslims and Islam: Key Findings In The U.S. And Around the World,” PewResearchCenter, 7/22/16)
Only days ago, an ISIS killer invaded a Christian church in Normandy France, forced an 85-year-old priest to his knees, and slit his throat before his congregation. 19
Overseas, ISIS has carried out one unthinkable atrocity after another.
Children slaughtered, 20 girls sold into slavery, 21 22 men and women burned alive. 23 Crucifixions, 24 beheadings 25 and drownings. 26 Ethnic minorities targeted for mass execution. Holy sites desecrated. Christians driven from their homes and hunted for extermination. ISIS rounding-up what it calls the “nation of the cross” in a campaign of genocide. 27 28
We cannot let this evil continue.
Nor can we let the hateful ideology of Radical Islam – its oppression of women, gays, children, and nonbelievers – be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries.
We will defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before. 4
But we will not defeat it with closed eyes, or silenced voices.
Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country. Anyone who cannot condemn the hatred, oppression and violence of Radical Islam lacks the moral clarity to serve as our President.
The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary Clinton
Let’s look back at the Middle East at the very beginning of 2009, before the Obama-Clinton Administration took over.
Libya was stable. 29 30
29 (Jeff Bachman, “Revisiting the “Humanitarian” Intervention in Libya,” The Huffington Post, 3/14/16)
30 (Priyanka Boghani, “Regrets Of A Revolution? Libya After Qaddafi,” PBS, 11/29/15)
31 (William R. Polk, “Understanding Syria: From Pre-Civil War To Post-Assad,” The Atlantic, 12/10/13)
32 (Hassan M. Fattah And Graham Bowley, “Pelosi Meets With Syrian Leader,” The New York Times, 4/4/07)
33 (Brad Plumer, “The U.S. Gives Egypt $1.5 Billion A Year In Aid. Here’s What It Does,” The Washington Post, 7/9/13)
34 (Ashraf Khalil, “Mubarak Meets Obama To Patch Up US-Egypt Relationship,” The Christian Science Monitor, 8/18/09)
35 (President George W. Bush, “Joint Press Conference At The President’s Ranch In Texas,” White House, 4/12/04)
36 (David Petraeus, “How We Won In Iraq,” Foreign Policy, 10/29/13)
37 (Cameron Glenn, “Timeline: Rise and Spread of the Islamic State,” Wilson Center, 7/5/16)
38 (Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson, “Army Chief Odierno, In Exit Interview, Says US Could Have ‘Prevented’ ISIS Rise,” FOX News, 7/22/15)
39 (David Ignatius, “How ISIS Spread in the Middle East,” The Atlantic, 10/29/15)
40 (Uri Berliner, “Crippled By Sanctions, Iran’s Economy Key In Nuclear Deal,” NPR, 11/25/13)
41 (Michael Abramowitz and Robin Wright, “Iran Sanctions Are Meant to Prevent War, Bush Aides Say,” The Washington Post, 10/26/07)
Syria was under control. 31 32
Egypt was ruled by a secular President and an ally of the United States. 33 34 35
Iraq was experiencing a reduction in violence. 36 The group that would become what we now call ISIS was close to being extinguished. 37 38 39
Iran was being choked off by economic sanctions. 40 41 5
Fast-forward to today. What have the decisions of Obama-Clinton produced?
Libya is in ruins, 42 our ambassador and three other brave Americans are dead, 43 and ISIS has gained a new base of operations. 44 45
42 (Roula Khalaf, “Misplaced Nostalgia For Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi,” Financial Times, 4/29/15)
43 (David D. Kirkpatrick and Steven Lee Myers, “Libya Attack Brings Challenges For U.S.,” The New York Times, 9/12/12)
44 (Ahmed Elumani And Aidan Lewis, “U.S. Air Raid Hits Islamic State In Libya, 43 Dead,” Reuters, 2/19/16)
45 (Paul Cruickshank, Nic Robertson, Tim Lister and Jomana Karadsheh, “ISIS Comes To Libya,” CNN, 11/18/14)
46 (Hugh Naylor, “Death By Siege In Syria’s Civil War: Hundreds Of Thousands At Risk,” The Washington Post, 1/23/16)
47 (Liam Stack, “How ISIS Expanded Its Threat,” The New York Times, 11/14/15)
48 (AFP, “Kerry: Refugee Crisis ‘A Near Existential’ Threat To Europe,” The Times of Israel, 2/13/16)
49 (Andrew Roth, “Russia Confirms Sinai Plane Crash Was The Work Of Terrorists,” The Washington Post, 11/17/15)
50 (Tim Arango, “Days of Chaos in Baghdad: Protest or Meltdown?,” The New York Times, 5/2/16)
51 (William Arkin, Robert Windrem, and Cynthia McFadden, “New Counterterrorism ‘Heat Map’ Shows ISIS Branches Spreading Worldwide,” NBC News, 8/3/16)
52 (Barbara Starr, “House Intel Committee Blasts Pentagon Over ISIS Files,” CNN, 2/25/16)
53 (Nacy A. Youssef, “House Probe: CENTCOM’s ISIS Intel Cooked,” The Daily Beast, 8/11/16)
Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war. 46 ISIS controls large portions of territory. 47 A refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States. 48
In Egypt, terrorists have gained a foothold in the Sinai desert, near the Suez Canal, one of the most essential waterways in the world. 49
Iraq is in chaos, and ISIS is on the loose. 50
ISIS has spread across the Middle East, and into the West. In 2014, ISIS was operating in some 7 nations. Today they are fully operational in 18 countries with aspiring branches in 6 more, for a total of 24 51 – and many believe it is even more than that. The situation is likely worse than the public knows: a new Congressional report reveals that the Administration has downplayed the growth of ISIS, with 40% of surveyed analysts saying they had experienced efforts to manipulate their findings. 52 53 6
At the same time, ISIS is trying to infiltrate refugee flows into Europe and the United States. 54
54 (CIA Director Brennan, “Statement by Director Brennan as Prepared for Delivery Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,” Central Intelligence Agency, 6/16/16)
55 (Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, “U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed,” The Wall Street Journal, 8/3/16)
56 (George Jahn, “AP Exclusive: Document Shows Less Limits On Iran Nuke Work,” Associated Press, 7/18/16)
57 (Nasser Karimi, “Iran’s FM Extolls Country’s Ability To Restore Nuke Program,” Associated Press, 7/19/16)
58 (Ali Arouzi, “Iran Marks Revolution With ‘Death to America’ Chants,” NBC News, 2/11/16)
59 (Jay Solonon and Laura Meckler, “Hillary Clinton Opened Door to Key U.S. Shift Toward Iran Nuclear Deal,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/8/15)
60 (Karl Rove, “The President’s Apology Tour,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/23/09)
61 (President Obama, “Remarks by President Obama at Strasbourg Town Hall,” Strasbourg, France, The White House, 4/3/09)
62 (President Obama, “Obama’s Interview With Al Arabiya,” Al Arabiya News, 1/27/09)
63 (President Obama, “Remarks By The President At The Summit Of The Americas Opening Ceremony,” Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, The White House, 4/17/09)
Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is now flush with $150 billion in cash released by the United States – plus another $400 million in ransom. 55 Worst of all, the Nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of Radical Islamic Terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons. 56 57
In short, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has unleashed ISIS, destabilized the Middle East, and put the nation of Iran – which chants ‘Death to America’ 58 – in a dominant position of regional power and, in fact, aspiring to be a dominant world power. 59
It all began in 2009 with what has become known as President Obama’s global ‘Apology Tour.’ 60
In a series of speeches, President Obama described America as “arrogant,” “dismissive” “derisive” 61 and a “colonial power.” 62 He informed other countries that he would be speaking up about America’s “past errors.” 63 He pledged that we would no longer be a “senior partner,” that “sought to dictate our terms.” He lectured CIA 7
officers of the need to acknowledge their mistakes, 64 and described Guantanamo Bay as a “rallying cry for our enemies.” 65
64 (President Obama, “Remarks By The President To CIA Employees At CIA Headquarters,” Langley, Virginia, The White House, 4/20/09)
65 (President Obama, “Remarks By The President On National Security,” Washington, D.C., The White House, 5/21/09)
66 (President Obama, “Remarks by the President at Cairo University,” Cairo, Egypt, The White House, 6/4/09)
67 (President Reagan, “Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals,” Orlando, Florida, 3/8/83)
68 (Scott Wilson, “President Obama Took Credit In 2012 For Withdrawing All Troops From Iraq. Today He Said Something Different,” The Washington Post, 6/19/14)
69 (Mark Moyar, “Where We Went Wrong, From Afghanistan To ISIS,” Newsweek, 2/21/16)
70 (Alexander Mallin, “What Obama Says Is His ‘Worst Mistake’ as President,” ABC News, 4/10/16)
Perhaps no speech was more misguided than President Obama’s speech to the Muslim World delivered in Cairo, Egypt, in 2009. 66
In winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan repeatedly touted the superiority of freedom over communism, and called the USSR the Evil Empire. 67
Yet, when President Obama delivered his address in Cairo, no such moral courage could be found. Instead of condemning the oppression of women and gays in many Muslim nations, and the systematic violations of human rights, or the financing of global terrorism, President Obama tried to draw an equivalency between our human rights record and theirs.
His naïve words were followed by even more naïve actions.
The failure to establish a new Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq, and the election-driven timetable for withdrawal, 68 surrendered our gains in that country and led directly to the rise of ISIS. 69
The failures in Iraq were compounded by Hillary Clinton’s disaster in Libya. President Obama has since said he regards Libya as his worst mistake. 70 According to then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the 8
invasion of Libya was nearly a split decision, but Hillary Clinton’s forceful advocacy for the intervention was the deciding factor. 71
71 (Jo Becker and Scott Shane, “Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator’s Fall,” The New York Times, 2/27/16)
72 (A Conversation With Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Hillary Rodham Clinton on Strategic Interests, Values, and Hard Choices,” Council on Foreign Relations, 6/12/14)
73 (William J. Clinton & Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, 2012)
74 (William J. Clinton & Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, 2011)
75 (William J. Clinton & Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, 2010)
76 (William J. Clinton & Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, 2009)
77 (Nada Bakos, “Terrorist Group Fills Power Vacuum Among Syria Rebels,” CNN, 1/9/13)
With one episode of bad judgment after another, Hillary Clinton’s policies launched ISIS onto the world. 72
Yet, as she threw the Middle East into violent turmoil, things turned out well for her. The Clintons made almost $60 million in gross income while she was Secretary of State. 73 74 75 76
Incident after incident proves again and again: Hillary Clinton lacks the judgement, the temperament and the moral character to lead this nation. Importantly, she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all the many adversaries we face – not only in terrorism, but in trade and every other challenge we must confront to turn this country around.
It is time for a new approach
Our current strategy of nation-building and regime change is a proven failure. We have created the vacuums that allow terrorists to grow and thrive. 77
I was an opponent of the Iraq war from the beginning – a major difference between me and my opponent.
Though I was a private citizen, whose personal opinions on such matters was not sought, I nonetheless publicly expressed my private doubts about the invasion. Three months before the invasion I said, in 9
an interview with Neil Cavuto, to whom I offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery, that “perhaps [we] shouldn’t be doing it yet,” and that “the economy is a much bigger problem.” 78
78 (Donald J. Trump, “Interview on Your World with Neil Cavuto,” FOX News, 1/28/03)
79 (Donald J. Trump, “Donald Trump: How I’d Run the Country (Better),” Esquire Magazine, 8/04)
In August of 2004, very early in the conflict, I made a detailed statement to Esquire magazine. 79 Here is the quote in full:
“Look at the war in Iraq and the mess that we’re in. I would never have handled it that way. Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is happily going to step up to lead the country? C’mon. Two minutes after we leave, there’s going to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over. And he’ll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam didn’t have.
“What was the purpose of this whole thing? Hundreds and hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and legs? Not to mention the other side. All those Iraqi kids who’ve been blown to pieces. And it turns out that all of the reasons for the war were blatantly wrong. All this for nothing.”
So I have been clear for a long time that we should not have gone in. But I have been just as clear in saying what a catastrophic mistake Hillary Clinton and President Obama made with the reckless way in which they pulled out. 10
After we had made those hard-fought sacrifices and gains, 80 81 82 we should never have made such a sudden withdrawal – on a timetable advertised to our enemies. 83 Al Qaeda in Iraq had been decimated, and Obama and Clinton gave it new life and allowed it to spread across the world.
80 (Tom Bowman, “After 15 Years, The State Of The War In Afghanistan,” NPR, 7/5/16)
81 (Daniel Trotta, “Iraq War Costs U.S. More Than $2 Trillion: Study,” Reuters, 3/14/13)
82 (“Conflict Casualties,” Defense Manpower Data Center, Accessed 7/20/16)
83 (Mark Landler, “U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year’s End, Obama Says,” The New York Times, 10/21/11)
84 (Corbett Daly, “Clinton on Qaddafi: “We Came, We Saw, He Died,” CBS News, 10/20/11)
85 (Rebecca Kaplan, “Hillary Clinton Still Wouldn’t Give Up On Training Syrian Rebels,” CBS News, 9/22/15)
86 (Michael D. Shear, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt, “Obama Administration Ends Effort to Train Syrians to Combat ISIS,” The New York Times, 10/9/15)
87 (Tom Curry, “Clinton Urges ‘Transition To A Democratic Regime’ in Egypt,” NBC News, 1/30/11)
88 (Jose Pagliery, “Inside The $2 Billion ISIS War Machine,” CNN Money, 12/11/15)
89 (Kellan Howell, “Islamic State Earns $50 Million Per Month On Oil Sales,” The Washington Times, 10/24/15)
90 (Erika Solomon, Robin Kwong and Steven Bernard, “Inside Isis Inc: The Journey Of A Barrel Of Oil,” Financial Times, Accessed 8/13/16)
91 (Matthew Philips, “Islamic State Loses Its Oil Business,” Bloomberg, 10/14/14)
By that same token, President Obama and Hillary Clinton should never have attempted to build a Democracy in Libya, 84 to push for immediate regime change in Syria, 85 86 or to support the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt. 87
One more point on this: I have long said that we should have kept the oil in Iraq – another area where my judgement has been proven correct. According to CNN, ISIS made as much $500 million in oil sales in 2014 alone, fueling and funding its reign of terror. 88 If we had controlled the oil, we could have prevented the rise of ISIS in Iraq – both by cutting off a major source of funding, 89 and through the presence of U.S. forces necessary to safeguard the oil and other vital infrastructure. 90 91 I was saying this constantly and to whoever would listen: keep the oil, keep the oil, keep the oil, I said – don’t let someone else get it. 11
If they had listened to me then, we would have had the economic benefits of the oil, which I wanted to use to help take care of the wounded soldiers and families of those who died – and thousands of lives would have been saved.
This proposal, by its very nature, would have left soldiers in place to guard our assets. In the old days, when we won a war, to the victor belonged the spoils. Instead, all we got from Iraq – and our adventures in the Middle East – was death, destruction and tremendous financial loss.
But it is time to put the mistakes of the past behind us, and chart a new course.
If I become President, the era of nation-building will be ended. Our new approach, which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas, and by our friends in the Middle East, must be to halt the spread of Radical Islam.
All actions should be oriented around this goal, and any country which shares this goal will be our ally. We cannot always choose our friends, but we can never fail to recognize our enemies.
As President, I will call for an international conference focused on this goal. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Sisi of Egypt, and all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished.
We will also work closely with NATO on this new mission. I had previously said that NATO was obsolete because it failed to deal adequately with terrorism; since my comments they have changed their policy and now have a new division focused on terror threats. 12
I also believe that we could find common ground with Russia in the fight against ISIS. They too have much at stake in the outcome in Syria, and have had their own battles with Islamic terrorism.
My Administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cut-off their funding, expanded intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting. We cannot allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool, and for other purposes, by our enemy – we must shut down their access to this form of communication, and we must do so immediately.
Unlike Hillary Clinton, who has risked so many lives with her careless handling of sensitive information, my Administration will not telegraph exact military plans to the enemy. I have often said that General MacArthur and General Patton would be in a state of shock if they were alive today to see the way President Obama and Hillary Clinton try to recklessly announce their every move before it happens – like they did in Iraq – so that the enemy can prepare and adapt.
The fight will not be limited to ISIS. We will decimate Al Qaeda, and we will seek to starve funding for Iran-backed Hamas and Hezbollah. We can use existing UN Security Council resolutions to apply new sanctions.
Military, cyber and financial warfare will all be essential in dismantling Islamic terrorism.
But we must use ideological warfare as well.
Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of Radical Islam.
While my opponent accepted millions of dollars in Foundation donations from countries where being gay is an offense punishable by 13
prison or death, 92 93 my Administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different faith. 94 95
92 (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 8/13/16)
93 (“Stars Step Up Protest Against Anti-Gay Owner Of Beverly Hills Hotel,” CBS News,2/6/15
94 (“Country Reports On Human Rights Practices For 2012: Saudi Arabia,” United States State Department, 4/19/13)
95 (William La Jeunesse, “Rights Groups Silent As Clinton Foundation Takes Millions From Countries That Imprison Gays,” FOX News, 6/17/16)
96 (“Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned To Death By Family,” Associated Press in Lahore, 5/28/14)
97 (Perry Chiaramonte, “Texas ‘Honor Killing’ Suspect Yaser Said Could Be Hiding In Plain Sight As NYC Cabbie, Private Investigator Says,” FOX News, 5/29/12)
98 (“Pakistan Honour Killings On The Rise, Report Reveals,” BBC, 4/1/16)
99 (Juliet Perry and Sophia Saifi, “Brother Of Pakistan’s Qandeel Baloch Charged With Crime Against State,” CNN, 7/19/16)
100 (“Iraqi Immigrant Gets 34 Years For Killing ‘Too Westernized’ Daughter,” CNN, 4/16/11)
Our Administration will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East, and will amplify their voices.
This includes speaking out against the horrible practice of honor killings, where women are murdered by their relatives for dressing, marrying or acting in a way that violates fundamentalist teachings. 96 97
Over 1,000 Pakistani girls are estimated to be the victims of honor killings by their relatives each year. 98 Recently, a prominent Pakistani social media star was strangled to death by her brother on the charge of dishonoring the family. 99 In his confession, the brother took pride in the murder and said: “Girls are born to stay home and follow traditions.”
Shockingly, this is a practice that has reached our own shores.
One such case involves an Iraqi immigrant who was sentenced to 34 years in jail for running over his own daughter claiming she had become “too Westernized.” 100
To defeat Islamic terrorism, we must also speak out forcefully against a hateful ideology that provides the breeding ground for violence and terrorism to grow. 14
A new immigration policy is needed as well
The common thread linking the major Islamic terrorist attacks that have recently occurred on our soil – 9/11, the Ft. Hood shooting, 101 the Boston Bombing, 102 the San Bernardino attack, 103 the Orlando attack 104 – is that they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants.
101 (“Army Major Kills 13 People In Fort Hood Shooting Spree,” History, Accessed 8/13/16)
102 (Peter Finn, Carol D. Leonnig and Will Englund, “Tsarnaev Brothers’ Homeland Was War-Torn Chechnya,” The Washington Post, 4/19/13)
103 (Salman Masood and Declan Walsh, “Tashfeen Malik, San Bernardino Suspect, Attended Conservative Religious School in Pakistan,” The New York Times, 12/7/15)
104 (Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati, “Father Of Orlando Shooter Hosted Political Show On Afghan-Pakistan Issues,” Reuters, 6/13/16)
105 (Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest, “At Least 580 Individuals Convicted In Terror Cases Since 9/11, At Least 380 Are Foreign-Born,” U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee, 6/22/16)
106 (Jamie Yuccas, “Minneapolis Community Struggles With ISIS Recruiting Tactics,” CBS News, 9/19/15)
107 (Matt Hadro, “Anti-Semitism Threatens France’s Jewish Communities,” The Washington Times, 1/18/16)
108 (Jessica Durando, “Report: 1,200 Women Assaulted On New Year’s Eve In German Cities, USA Today, 7/11/16)
Clearly, new screening procedures are needed.
A review by the U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee has identified 380 foreign-born individuals charged with terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between 9/11 and 2014, and many more since then. 105
We also know that ISIS recruits refugees after their entrance into the country – as we have seen with the Somali refugee population in Minnesota. 106
Beyond terrorism, as we have seen in France, foreign populations have brought their anti-Semitic attitudes with them. 107
In Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve, we have seen the reports of sexual violence and assault. 108 15
Pew polling shows that in many of the countries from which we draw large numbers of immigrants, extreme views about religion – such as the death penalty for those who leave the faith – are commonplace. 109
109 (“The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society,” PewResearchCenter, 4/30/13)
110 (James R. Edwards Jr., “Keeping Extremists Out: The History of Ideological Exclusion and the Need for Its Revival,” Center for Immigration Studies, 9/05)
A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.
In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. 110 The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.
In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.
Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.
Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued immigration visas.
To put these new procedures in place, we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.
As soon as I take office, I will ask the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to identify a list of regions where adequate screening cannot take place. We will stop processing visas from those areas until such time as it is deemed safe to resume based on new circumstances or new procedures. 16
The size of current immigration flows are simply too large to perform adequate screening. 111
111 (“Nation’s Top Security Officials’ Concerns On Refugee Vetting,” Homeland Security Committee, 11/19/15)
112 (Caroline May, “Since 9/11 U.S. Has Accepted Over 2 Million Migrants from Majority Muslim Nations,” Breitbart, 11/16/15)
113 (Julia Hahn, “Congress Votes To Fund Nearly 300,000 Visas For Muslim Migrants In One Year,” Breitbart, 12/18/15)
114 (C. Eugene Emery Jr. “Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Wants To Let 500 Percent More Syrians Into The U.S.,” Politifact, 6/13/16)
115 (Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest, “Clinton Refugee Plan Could Bring In 620,000 Refugees In First Term At Lifetime Cost Of Over $400 Billion,” U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee, 6/27/16)
We admit about 100,000 permanent immigrants from the Middle East every year. 112 Beyond that, we admit hundreds of thousands of temporary workers and visitors from the same regions. 113 If we don’t control the numbers, we can’t perform adequate screening.
By contrast, my opponent wants to increase the flow of Syrian refugees by 550% percent. 114
The United States Senate Subcommittee on Immigration estimates that Hillary Clinton’s plan would mean roughly 620,000 refugees from all current refugee-sending nations in her first term, assuming no cuts to other refugee programs. This would be additional to all other non-refugee immigration. 115
The Subcommittee estimates her plan would impose a lifetime cost of roughly $400 billion when you include the costs of healthcare, welfare, housing, schooling, and all other entitlement benefits that are excluded from the State Department’s placement figures.
In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel, and you know what a disaster this massive immigration has been to Germany and the people of Germany – crime has risen to levels that no one 17
thought would they would ever see. 116 We have enough problems in our country, we don’t need another one.
116 (Michelle Martin, “Migrants Linked To 69,000 Would-Be Or Actual Crimes In Germany In First Three Months Of 2016: Police,” Reuters, 6/8/16)
117 (Martha Raddatz, “State Dept. Lapses Aided 9/11 Hijackers,” ABC News, 10/23/02)
118 (Josh Gerstein, “FBI Knew Earlier Of Boston Bombing Suspect,” Politico, 6/15/13)
119 (Phil Marringly, Mike Dorning, and Julie Bykowica, “Boston Bombing Suspect Apprehended at Watertown Home,” Bloomberg, 4/20/13)
120 “In January 2011, two counterterrorism agents from the bureau’s Boston field office interviewed Tamerlan and family members..” (Eric Schmitt, Michael S. Schmidt and Ellen Barry, “Bombing Inquiry Turns to Motive and Russian Trip,” The New York Times, 4/20/13)
121 “In response to this [March] 2011 request, the FBI checked U.S. government databases and other information to look for such things as derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI also interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family member.” (FBI National Press Office, “2011 Request for Information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Foreign Government,” FBI, 4/19/13)
122 (Brian Bennett and Richard A. Serrano, “Scrutiny Of Tashfeen Malik’s Fiancee Visa Fell Short, Congressional Investigators Say,” The Los Angeles Times, 12/18/15)
123 (Evan Perez and Dana Ford, “San Bernardino Shooter’s Social Media Posts on Jihad Were Obscured,” CNN, 12/14/15)
124 (Richard A. Serrano, “Tashfeen Malik Messaged Facebook Friends About Her Support For Jihad,” Los Angeles Times, 12/14/15)
125 (Christian Datoc, “Shooter’s Neighbor Didn’t Report ‘Suspicious Activity’ For Fear of Being Labeled Racist,” The Daily Caller, 12/3/15)
Finally, we will need to restore common sense to our security procedures
Another common feature of the past attacks that have occurred on our soil is that warning signs were ignored.
The 9/11 hijackers had fraud all over their visa applications. 117
The Russians warned us about the Boston Bombers, 118 here on political asylum, 119 and the attackers were even twice interviewed by the FBI. 120 121
The female San Bernardino shooter, here on a fiancé visa from Saudi Arabia, 122 wrote of her support for Jihad online. 123 124 A neighbor saw suspicious behavior but didn’t warn authorities, because said they didn’t want to be accused of racially profiling 125 – now many are dead and gravely wounded. 18
The shooter in Orlando reportedly celebrated in his classroom after 9/11. 126 He too was interviewed by the FBI. 127 His father, a native of Afghanistan, 128 supported the oppressive Taliban regime, 129 and expressed anti-American views 130 – and by the way, was just seen sitting behind Hillary Clinton with a big smile on his face all the way through her speech. He obviously liked what she had to say.
126 (Hunter Walker and Jason Sickles, “Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Was Suspended For Cheering 9/11 And Beating Another Student In High School,” Yahoo, 6/16/16)
127 (Mark Mazzetti, Eric Lichtblau and Alan Blinder, “Omar Mateen, Twice Scrutinized by F.B.I., Shows Threat of Lone Terrorists,” The New York Times, 6/13/16)
128 (Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati, “Father of Orlando Shooter Hosted Political Show on Afghan-Pakistan Issues,” Reuters, 6/13/16)
129 (Tim Craig, Max Bearak and Lee Powell, “Shooter Omar Mateen’s Father Says He’s Saddened By Massacre, Calls Gunman ‘A Good Son’,” The Washington Post, 6/13/16)
130 (Tucker Reals, “What Has the Orlando Gunman’s Father Said?,” CBS News, 6/13/16)
131 (Dana Priest, “Fort Hood Suspect Warned Of Threats Within The Ranks,” The Washington Post, 11/10/09)
The Ft. Hood Shooter delivered a presentation to a room full of mental health experts before the attacks in which he threw out one red flag after another. 131 He even proclaimed that “we love death more than you love life!”
These warnings signs were ignored because political correctness has replaced common sense in our society
That is why one of my first acts as President will be to establish a Commission on Radical Islam – which will include reformist voices in the Muslim community who will hopefully work with us. We want to build bridges and erase divisions.
The goal of the commission will be to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization. 19
This commission will be used to develop new protocols for local police officers, federal investigators, and immigration screeners.
We will also keep open Guantanamo Bay, and place a renewed emphasis on human intelligence. Drone strikes will remain part of our strategy, but we will also seek to capture high-value targets to gain needed information to dismantle their organizations. Foreign combatants will be tried in military commissions.
Finally, we will pursue aggressive criminal or immigration charges against anyone who lends material support to terrorism. Similar to the effort to take down the mafia, this will be the understood mission of every federal investigator and prosecutor in the country.
To accomplish a goal, you must state a mission: the support networks for Radical Islam in this country will be stripped out and removed one by one.
Immigration officers will also have their powers restored: those who are guests in our country that are preaching hate will be asked to return home.
To Make America Safe Again, We Must Work Together Again
Our victory in the Cold War relied on a bipartisan and international consensus. That is what we must have to defeat Radical Islamic terrorism.
But just like we couldn’t defeat communism without acknowledging that communism exists – or explaining its evils – we can’t defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism unless we do the same.
This also means we have to promote the exceptional virtues of our own way of life – and expecting that newcomers to our society do the same. 20
Pride in our institutions, our history and our values should be taught by parents and teachers, and impressed upon all who join our society.
Assimilation is not an act of hostility, but an expression of compassion. Our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it.
This approach will not only make us safer, but bring us closer together as a country.
Renewing this spirit of Americanism will help heal the divisions in our country. It will do so by emphasizing what we have in common – not what pulls us apart.
This is my pledge to the American people: as your President I will be your greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people.
Only this way, will we make America Great Again and Safe Again – For Everyone.
The parents of two of the four Americans killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 are suing Hillary Clinton.
Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Clinton Monday, citing her “extreme carelessness” of handling classified information on her private email server as one of the reasons that contributed to the attacks.
Smith and Woods are also suing Clinton for defamation in public statements and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, according to Fox News.
Because Clinton was not using a secure server, the lawsuit claims, the terrorists were able to “obtain the whereabouts of Ambassador Christopher Stephens and thus the U.S. State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya, and subsequently orchestrate, plan, and execute the now-infamous Sept. 11, 2012 attack.”
Clinton campaign spokesperson Nick Merrill responded to the suit, saying, “While no one can imagine the pain of the families of the brave Americans we lost at Benghazi, there have been nine different investigations into this attack and none found any evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing on the part of Hillary Clinton.”
Meanwhile, Clinton still denies ever having told the families of the victims that the attack was caused by an anti-Islam YouTube video and not terrorism. Instead, she blames the parents’ “grief” for misunderstanding her.
Patricia Smith spoke out against Clinton at the Republican National Convention in July, saying she blames “Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”
Report lays out detailed timeline showing Clinton misled the public
A 45-page analysis of the Benghazi Committee’s investigative report released Tuesday by a pair of Republican congressmen lays out in devastating detail the lengths to which Hillary Clinton went to obscure the motives behind the murder of four Americans in Libya in 2012.
The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others on Sept. 11, 2012. Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo amassed ample evidence that then-Secretary of State Clinton quickly learned that the killings resulted from a organized terrorist attack.
“Yet, Secretary Clinton and the administration told one story privately — that Benghazi was a terrorist attack — and told another story publicly.”
“Yet, Secretary Clinton and the administration told one story privately — that Benghazi was a terrorist attack — and told another story publicly — blaming a video-inspired protest,” wrote Jordan and Pompeo, who said they wrote their report to highlight what they regard as the most important parts of the forthcoming official report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Indeed, in her Oct. 22 testimony before the Select Committee, Clinton blamed conflicting reports for the differences in her public and private statements on the motivations behind the attack. The report issued Tuesday by Jordan and Pompeo indicates there was overwhelming and immediate evidence in Clinton’s hands that it was a coordinated attack that had nothing to do with the video.
Democrats on the committee released their own report Monday, dismissing the investigation as “the ongoing Republican obsession with conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.”
But it is hard to refute the written record showing Clinton and other administration officials clinging to their story that the attack started as a spontaneous protest over on obscure anti-Muslim internet video made by an American. Here is a timeline in the report:
Sept. 11, 2012
What they said in public: Clinton issued a statement at 10:08 p.m., before the attack was even over: “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.”
What they said in private: Hours earlier, though, at 6:49 p.m., Clinton told Libyan President Mohammed al Magariaf that there was “a gun battle ongoing, which I understand Ansar as-Sharia [sic] is claiming responsibility for.” In an email to daughter Chelsea at 11:23 p.m., she made no mention of the video. “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Queda-like [sic] group.”
Sept. 12, 2012
What they said in public: Clinton said in public remarks that officials were trying to determine the motives for the assault. “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet,” she said.
What they said in private: In a summary of a call between Acting Assistant Secretary Beth Jones and Libyan Ambassador Ali Aujali, Jones said, “I told him that the group that conducted the attacks — Ansar Al Sharia — is affiliated with Islamic extremists.”
An email from State Department official Jacob Sullivan to the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, rejected the public contention that the attack in Libya was linked to a protest that had occurred in Cairo, Egypt.
“There was not really violence in Egypt [and] we are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos,'” he wrote.
Clinton herself rejected the protest theory in a statement to then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Mohamed Qandil: “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest … Based on the information we saw today we believe the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al Qaeda.”
Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy, in briefing with congressional staff, said, “No, the attack was a direct breaching attack.” He also differentiated it from the Cairo incident. “Attack in Cairo was a demonstration. There were no weapons shown or used. A few cans of spray paint.”
Sept. 13, 2012
What they said in public: In remarks in Morocco, Clinton again blamed the online anti-Muslim film. “To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.”
What they said in private: A summary of a call between Deputy Secretary Thomas Nides and the Egyptian ambassador to the United States states: “Nides said he understood the difference between the targeted attack in Libya and the way the protest escalated in Egypt.”
Sept. 14, 2012
What they said in public: White House press secretary Jay Carey said at a news conference, “We have no information to suggest that it was a pre-planned attack. The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims find offensive.”
That is consistent with an email sent that evening by White House adviser Ben Rhodes to Carney and others that it was important “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”
The father of Tyrone Woods, one of the fallen Americans, wrote in his diary that during a ceremony for the return of his son’s body, “I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand, and she said we are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of my son.”
The mother of another victim, Sean Smith, similarly said, “We were nose-to-nose at the coffin ceremony. She told me it was the fault of the video. I said ‘Are you sure?’ She says, ‘Yes, that’s what it was … it was the video.'”
What they said in private: An email from a State Department press officer in the embassy in Tripoli urged colleagues not to draw attention to the video. “And it is becoming increasingly clear that the series of events in Benghazi was much more terrorist attack than a protest which escalated into violence,” the officer wrote.
Sept. 15, 2012
What they said in public: That did not stop President Obama in his weekly radio address from declaring that the “tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and protest in many different countries.”
What they said in private: Clinton made no mention of a protest or video in call with the Libyan prime minister-elect.
Sept. 16, 2012
What they said in public: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, in interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Channel, said, “But we don’t see at this point signs this was a coordinated plan, premeditated attack.”
Sept 17, 2012
What they said in public: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stood by Rice’s remarks on the Sunday news shows. “Ambassador Rice, in her comments on every network over the weekend, was very clear, very precise, about what our initial assessment of what happened is,” she said.
What they said in private: Responding to instructions to link the attack in Benghazi to the protest in Egypt, a press officer in Libya wrote in an email, “I really hope this was revised. I don’t think we should go on the record on this.”
Sept. 18, 2012
What they said in public: Carney told reporters, “I would point you to what Ambassador Rice said and others have said about what we know thus far about the video and its influence on the protests that occurred in Cairo, in Benghazi and elsewhere.”
What they said in private: In a written statement to a congressional panel, Deputy CIA Director Michael Morrell wrote, “The critically important point is that the analysts considered this a terrorist attack from the very beginning.”
In an email exchange about an article quoting White House officials as seeing no signs of a premeditated attack, one State Department security agent asked another, “Can you believe this?” The second agent asked the first if there had been any rioting reported in Benghazi before the attack.
“Zip, nothing, nada,” the agent responded.
Sept. 19, 2016
What they said in public: In a cable to all U.S. embassies, Clinton warned of widespread violence at diplomatic posts across the Muslim world. “The proximate cause of the violence was the release by individuals in the United States of the video trailer for a film that many Muslims find offensive,” she wrote.
Sept. 20, 2012
What they said in public: At a Univision Town Hall event, Obama was still trying to determine what happened in Libya. “What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests.”