During his first speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump spoke about many topics, one of which was national security and the threat from the Islamic State within our borders. The President referred to attacks at home such as San Bernardino, Boston, the World Trade Center, etc; and said that the United States “cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America.”
President Trump stated that it is an “our obligation” to protect the nation’s citizens, and said to do so we must confront “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States,” the President said. “We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism.”
Trump stated that the Department of Justice provided data that shows the majority of people convicted of terrorism-related offenses since September 11th, 2001 came from within the country. He mentioned attacks that happened within the United States as well as within the borders of our allies abroad and said that proper vetting is essential.
“We have seen the attacks at home, from Boston to San Bernardino, to the Pentagon, and yes, even the World Trade Center,” Trump said. “We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany, and all over the world. It is not compassion but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.”
“Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values,” the President continued. “We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America, and we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.”
You can watch the portion of his address to Congress where he warns against allowing a beachhead of terrorism below: