If elected, Trump says he will bring US closer to Muslim allies

Published April 27th, 2016 - 06:10 GMT
But he's said a lot of things, so... (photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
But he's said a lot of things, so... (photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

In a major foreign policy speech on Wednesday, US presidential candidate Donald Trump said that if he was elected president, he would bring the US closer to its friends in the Muslim world. 

During the speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Trump said that stopping the spread of radical Islam was a top priority. 

"In this, we’re going to be working very closely with our allies in the Muslim world, all of which are at risk from radical Islamic violence," he said

America should "work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam," Trump added. But he also said that the relationship needed to be "a two-way street." 

"They must also be good to us and remember us and all we are doing for them," he said.  

This was the first time the Republican frontrunner--who won primaries in five states on Tuesday--had talked about his foreign policy in detail. 

In the past, Trump has said that Muslims should be banned from entering the US until the US can figure out how to stop terrorism from happening within its borders. 

He has also said multiple times that Arab countries should re-pay the US for the aid the US has provided. He said on a number of occasions during the 2012 presidential election that the US should "take" Iraq's oil to be reimbursed for the money America spent invading and occupying the country.

He also suggested that Kuwait still owed America a lot of money for America having supposedly saved Kuwait from an invasion in the 1990s by Saddam Hussein. 

A PolitiFact examination, however, revealed that Kuwait spent about $16 billion during that war, while the US only spent about $7 billion. 

But when it comes down to it, Trump has a lot to learn. On many occasions the reality TV star has demonstrated his lack of knowledge about the Middle East, admitting, for example, that he didn't know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah, or getting confused about the difference between the Kurds and Iran's Quds Forces


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