Trump To Unveil His Secret ISIS Plan In First Debate Versus Clinton

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will detail his long-awaited plan to defeat the Islamic State in Monday’s debate, according to his campaign manager.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Trump “certainly has a plan” to deliver a death blow to the radical Islamic terrorist organization that has run amok during the latter half of the Obama presidency.

“I’ve heard it,” noted Conway. “He’ll tell you if that question is asked. He’ll be happy to offer specifics without telling the enemy exactly what we’re going to do.”

The Republican nominee has frequently criticized the Obama administration for telegraphing U.S. policy against the group, but Trump’s lack of clarity regarding a policy toward ISIS has also drawn criticism.

Trump unveiled a 10-point national security plan in early September, which included a significant rebuilding of the nation’s military forces, but few details as to how the presidential hopeful plans to tackle ISIS. Thus far, Trump has said that upon taking office, he will give military generals 30 days to present him with a plan that will ultimately “defeat and destroy ISIS.”

Trump’s vague ISIS policy drew significant criticism from supporters of his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Robby Mook, a Clinton campaign spokesman, claimed that Trump does not actually have a plan to defeat the terrorist group, but when pressed regarding Clinton’s policy, he was not able to give a clear answer.

Clinton has suggested that she would push for a no-fly zone in Syria should she win the White House in November. Some terrorism experts have claimed that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s massacring of civilians has helped swell the ranks of ISIS and other terrorist organizations. A no-fly zone would help stem Assad’s ability to kill civilians from the air, which would then theoretically lead to less support for radical terrorism.

Clinton’s plan, of course, comes with a pretty big catch. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford noted during testimony to the Senate Committee on Armed Services Thursday that creating a no-fly zone over Syria would require declaring war on Assad and Russia, a “fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make.”

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