Vice President Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump’s foreign policy Monday at the Center for New American Security’s Annual Conference, saying his proposal to ban muslims would “play into the narrative of the extremists” and “give them what they want.”
“Slandering entire religions communities calls into question America’s role as the greatest democracy in the history of the world,” Biden said, going after Trump’s embrace of Muslim profiling by law enforcement. Biden continued that Trump’s comments seem as if he is actively trying to “radicalize all 1.6 billion Muslims on the planet”.
The vice president launched into a a full-throttled defense of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, noting, “by almost any measure the United States is stronger than when President Obama and I took office in 2009.” Biden justified his statement by comparing the security environment in the United States to the precarious situation in Europe. He elaborated that Trump’s foreign policy would call the Obama administration’s achievements into question and “squander our hard earned progress.”
In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, the vice president particularly defended the Obama administration’s prosecution of the war on the Islamic State: “We’re winning, and ISIL is losing.” He cautioned the national security audience that a total victory against ISIS would likely take decades, which amplified his call for a “responsible” incoming presidential administration.
Biden also went after Trump’s commitment to a Mexican border wall and his embrace of Russian Presidnet Vladimir Putin. He insinuated that Trump’s proposal to build a giant wall at the U.S.-Mexican border would create “anti-American” sentiment throughout the western hemisphere and would “make us less democratic, less secure, and actively undermine American national security interests.”
The vice president pointed to Trump’s admiration of Putin and his commitments to negotiate with the Russian leader as dangerous, saying an embrace of the Russian leader “would call into question America’s commitment to peace.”
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