President Trump is now in the final throes of his first major domestic policy address, but Democrats are still waiting for their reaction to his comments about Islamic State militants.
While Trump has been largely silent on the issue, he is increasingly making the case for the “American approach” to fighting the Islamic State, including calling it “one of the greatest challenges facing our nation today.”
His remarks came in a speech to law enforcement officials in Virginia, where he urged the police to “fight back” against the Islamic militants.
“They want to be able to run you over, kill you, take your guns, and kill you,” Trump said.
“I think the American approach is one of the great challenges facing this country today.
And I know that the American people would like to see it.”
Trump also argued that he has had a “positive experience” with the Islamic state, adding that he is “confident” that the group “is on the path to defeat.”
While some Democrats have criticized Trump’s comments, some of the comments have resonated with many Americans.
Trump’s rhetoric, though, has drawn criticism from the left.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who recently released a statement saying that Trump is “an American hero,” called the president’s comments “inappropriate and dangerous.”
Trump, for his part, has responded to the criticism with a series of tweets calling the accusations against him “fake news.”
But some liberals are also criticizing Trump’s handling of the Islamic threat.
“Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) has already announced that he will introduce a resolution in the Senate on Monday calling for Trump to “stop demonizing the Muslim faith.”
And Sen. Claire McCaskill (D.
Mo.) has introduced a similar measure.
While many Republicans are supporting Trump’s approach to fighting ISIS, there is some concern among Democrats that his administration is not taking the threat seriously enough.
He added, “This president has been wrong, but it’s also been dangerous.” “
He’s given the terrorists a platform, but he’s also given a platform to the white supremacists, to the bigots, to those who would say it’s okay to kill Muslims,” Schumer said.
He added, “This president has been wrong, but it’s also been dangerous.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) also slammed Trump’s remarks on Monday.
“This is a guy who was the last person to go to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban,” Booker said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“When I think of Afghanistan, I think about the American soldiers that were there and the people who were killed and the soldiers who went back and fought the Taliban.”
But Democrats have been quick to defend Trump’s efforts.
“If there’s anything to be learned from his speech today, it’s that the Trump administration’s approach toward fighting terrorism must be a strategy of American leadership,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D.-Conn.) said in a statement.
“The president has made clear his support for our nation’s commitment to Afghanistan, and his vision for rebuilding the country must include America’s Muslim allies.
The Trump administration is the first in history to end its combat mission in Afghanistan, with the help of our military and our diplomats.”
The president’s speech on Monday came after the Islamic group took responsibility for the deadly attack on a Jewish center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for shooting dead dozens of people at a kosher grocery store and a Jewish community center on Sunday night, including five people who had been practicing.
A bomb exploded at the Jewish center before the shooting.
On Monday, the Islamic terrorist group claimed responsibility on social media for the attack, which killed at least 19 people.