President Donald Trump lamented the success of the Islamic State’s online propaganda efforts Monday in an interview with Time Magazine.
Trump has often fixated on ISIS’s propaganda as one of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. in the fight against radical Islamic Terrorism. “We have kids leaving this country because they’re so damned good at the internet, ISIS, they’re better at the internet than Google,” Trump declared. He continued, “you know it’s a smart enemy. Believe it or not. And these kids are going over and fighting.”
Trump reiterated a past refrain that we have to “humiliate” the enemy. “And if we don’t humiliate them, we’re going to have our kids continuing to go and fight for ISIS,” he said. Trump previously told Reuters in late April that the only end to radical Islamic terrorism “has to be humiliation.”
The Trump administration has yet to provide specific details on its plans to defeat ISIS and its propaganda networks. The Pentagon has reportedly delivered a plan to the White House to defeat the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Elements of this plan have come into focus after Trump approved a plan to provide Kurdish forces within Syria heavy weapons.
This action indicates the administration will continue to rely on local forces within Syria to defeat ISIS militarily. The U.S. will likely provide military support to the group, including ramping up the number of U.S. troops advising them on the ground. Trump however clarified in late April that “not many” more more troops would be needed for the plan.
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