Trump: ‘The Very, Very Dishonest Press Doesn’t Want to Report’ on Threat from Radical Islam

By Melanie Arter | February 6, 2017 | 3:06pm EST
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( – In a speech today at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., President Donald Trump said that “the very, very dishonest press” doesn’t want to report on the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorists determined to strike the homeland.

Trump also vowed that he would not allow "radical Islamic take root in our country."

“Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe. You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” Trump said.

“They have their reasons, and you understand that, so today, we deliver a message in one very unified voice – to these forces of death and destruction, America and its allies will defeat you,” the president said.

Trump’s speech from U.S. Central Command Headquarters marked the first time he spoke to U.S. troops as commander-in-chief.

“We’re up against an enemy that celebrates death and totally worships destruction. You’ve seen that. ISIS is on a campaign of genocide, committing atrocities across the world,” he said.

“We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism, and we will not allow it to take root in our country. We’re not going to allow it,” Trump said.

“You’ve been seeing what’s been going on over the last few days. We need strong programs so that people that love us and want to love our country and will end up loving our country are allowed in – not people that want to destroy us and destroy our country,” Trump said referring to his executive order on immigration, which called for a pause in immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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