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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield , Connecticut, U.S., August 13, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

By Ginger Gibson

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump said on Monday he would work closely with NATO allies to defeat Islamic State militants if he wins the White House, reversing an earlier threat that the United States might not meet its obligations to the Western military alliance.

In a policy speech, Trump said he would wage a multi-front “military, cyber and financial” war against Islamic State, although it was not clear how that would differ from the Obama administration’s fight with the jihadist group.

“We will also work closely with NATO on this new mission,” said Trump, whose remarks about the defense organization earlier this summer drew heavy criticism from allies and even some of his fellow Republicans.

Trump said a newly adopted approach to fighting terrorism by the organization had led him to change his mind and he no longer considered NATO obsolete. He was apparently referring to reports the alliance is moving toward creating an intelligence post in a bid to improve information sharing.

While Trump appeared to claim credit for prodding NATO to focus more on the threat of terrorism, the 28-nation alliance has been grappling with the issue for more than a decade. NATO invoked Article 5, its collective self-defense mechanism, for the first time in its history to offer support to the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Trump called for shutting down access to the internet and social media for those aligned with Islamic State, which holds territory in Syria and Iraq. But he said he did not want to detail military strategy because it would tip off potential foes.

“We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism just as we have defeated every threat we’ve faced at every age and before,” Trump said, blaming his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, and President Barack Obama for aiding the rise of Islamic State.

In a speech in the swing state of Ohio, Trump also said that in implementing his call for a temporary ban on Muslims immigrating to the country, he would institute “extreme vetting” and develop a new screening test to try to catch people who intend to do harm to the United States.

As president, he said, he would ask the U.S. State Department and Department of Homeland Security to identify regions of the world that remain hostile to the United States and where normal screening might not be sufficient to catch those who pose a threat.

The Clinton campaign said Trump‘s plan to have immigrants submit to ideological tests was “a cynical ploy to escape scrutiny of his outrageous proposal to ban an entire religion from our country and no one should fall for it.”

Reading from a teleprompter, Trump said Clinton did not have the judgment and character to lead the country.

“Importantly, she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all of the many adversaries we face,” he said.

Trump, a wealthy New York businessman whose volatile campaign has alienated some in the Republican establishment, faced a fresh rebuke on Monday as he falls behind Clinton in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

The Wall Street Journal, a leading conservative voice, said in an editorial he should fix his campaign within weeks or step down. Echoing growing alarm about Trump‘s candidacy among many leading Republicans, the newspaper said Trump had failed to establish a competent campaign operation.

‘STOP BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE’

“If they can’t get Mr. Trump to change his act by Labor Day, the GOP will have no choice but to write off the nominee as hopeless and focus on salvaging the Senate and House and other down-ballot races,” the newspaper said.

Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 5 this year, marks the end of U.S. summer vacations and traditionally launches the final phase of the long U.S. election season.

“As for Mr. Trump, he needs to stop blaming everyone else and decide if he wants to behave like someone who wants to be president – or turn the nomination over to Mike Pence,” it said, referring to the Indiana governor, who is Trump‘s vice presidential running mate.

Adding to Trump‘s woes this week was the news, first reported by The New York Times, that the name of his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was on secret ledgers showing cash payments designated to him of more than $12 million from a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russia.

Manafort denied any impropriety in a statement on Monday. “I have never received a single ‘off-the-books cash payment’ as falsely ‘reported’ by The New York Times, nor have I ever done work for the governments of Ukraine or Russia,” he said.

Artem Sytnik, the head of Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau, confirmed in a briefing with reporters that Manafort’s name appeared on a ledger and that more than $12 million had been allocated as an expenditure, referencing Manafort.

But Sytnik said the presence of Manafort’s name “does not mean that he definitely received this money.”

The Clinton campaign said the news was evidence of “more troubling connections between Donald Trump‘s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine.”

Trump has spoken favorably in the past of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Last month, he invited Russian hackers to find “missing” emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state, when she used a private email server to conduct government business, although he later described that comment as sarcasm.

The current RealClearPolitics average of national opinion polls puts Clinton 6.8 points ahead ofTrump, at 47.8 percent to Trump‘s 41 percent. Polls also show Trump trailing in states such as Pennsylvania that are likely to be pivotal in the election.

(Additional reporting by Alana Wise, Warren Strobel and Eric Beech in Washington, Luciana Lopez in Scranton and Pavel Polityuk in Kiev; Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Alistair Bell and Peter Cooney)

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 16, 2016

    There is no one as disingenuous and unstable in thought as Trump is right now, and by now the GOP is coming around to realizing that. One week he threatens not to come to the aid of NATO nations unless they pay their fair share, whatever that means, then another week he wants to formulate a plan with that same body he moments ago showed disdain for. It’s all about projecting an air of colonial mentality
    for Trump and company.

    He talked about how the US should have taken control of oil production in the mid-east and made a business deal that would have prevented ISIS from forming, as though he were the ruler of that region(“…only I have the solution to the problem”) and knows what’s best for everyone else. What imperious nonsense.

    He proposes to be a a one-man Gestapo delegating orders for checking out and vetting ethnic groups and determining the degree of their loyalties to the US, as though he is better fit to be a citizen of America than naturalized citizens.
    (I wonder how he would have felt if his parents had been subjected to rigorous vetting had we been preparing to face a Nazi menace during their arrival to these shores?).

    I guess this is all part of a twisted system of Trump logic predicated on using/abusing anyone depending on his needs for the moment because it feels right, then embrace the same group(s) when it suits his personal agenda to get ahead at the expense of others.

    Surely, a schizophrenic nature requiring professional attention.

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    2. Mama Bear August 16, 2016

      We are observing a psychotic break from reality. He is indeed a frighteningly ill man.

      1. charleo1 August 16, 2016

        I would agree Trump is psychotic. Experts have weighed in with various medical opinions hypothesizing as much. But I also believe Trump has garnered such support as to lock up the nomination for the most powerful office due to a collective break down among a contingent of Right Wing Primary voters who have decided in mass to adopt their own contradictory world view comprising nearly the entire spectrum of previously settled fact. And so Trump becomes a symptom, and a harbinger of something much more troubling than what will be his current failed bid to lead the Country. A warning to us all, that we must find a way to fix our politics, or suffer the very dire consequences of not doing so, in what will be the very near future.

        1. Mama Bear August 16, 2016

          excellent points. I have also read lately some studies regarding the changes to people’s ability to think that have happened from watching/listening to right wing hate radio of TV (i.e. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh). I also believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trump has tapped into the lowest part of our society – those ignorant, racists ones.

          1. charleo1 August 16, 2016

            Also very true is what such false and extremist narratives being propagated into, and fashioned for a certain Conservative listener, has destroyed much of what remained of the center of the traditional Conservative Right. Coming as it has after Newt Gingrich’s, blood sport, take no prisoners approach to Congressional politics. And the GOP’s decision to gerrymander their base. And of course Trump being a clear extension of all of that. With his bombastic, and fact devoid rhetoric. It’s grandiose false premise extolling the imperative of reestablishing of highly romanticized, mostly non existent, by gone era, when America was supposedly, “great.” The kind of complete falsehoods, and unapologetic bigotry that resonates with what is perhaps 20-25% of the overall vote. Made up primarily of older, white, rural, younger blue collar, and Evangelical factions. Exactly the intended bulls eye of the concerted, and coordinated misinformation campaign carried out over years by those you name.

          2. Dominick Vila August 16, 2016

            Believe it or not, even Limbaugh thinks that Trump is dangerous!

    3. jmprint August 16, 2016

      What about vetting his wife a communist.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 16, 2016

        I don’t know about his wife, but there is something amiss about the Drumpf clan that requires a closer examination. Donald have given plenty of reasons to investigate his shadowy connections as a possible 5th columnist and possible financial collaborations with the Kremlin.
        That may seem to imply a conspiracy theory in the making on my part, but at least some investigation is in order. (Keep this on the Q.T.)

        1. Mama Bear August 16, 2016

          Trump has Narcissistic Personality Disorder at the very least. What this kind of patient does to his/her family is ghastly. They are emotionally beaten into submission and learn to provide his narcissistic supply, never argue with his version of reality and if they are not strong enough to get and stay away from him his version becomes theirs.

        2. Dominick Vila August 16, 2016

          His continuous overtures to Putin and Russia, the fact that his campaign manager was a campaign advisor for the pro-Russia former President of Ukraine, that Scott Page, one of his foreign policy advisors use to work for Gazprom, a Russian oil and natural gas company owned by Putin, that Russian oligarchs bailed him out when he was on the verge of another bankruptcy, his statement regarding his plan to join Russia, and by default Iran, in advancing the interest of Assad, to fight ISIS, and the encouragement he expressed inviting Russian hackers to spy on us and make their findings public, should be enough reason to conduct an investigation into his apparent allegiance to Russia, Putin, and the Kremlin.

    4. Dominick Vila August 16, 2016

      I have the feeling that in addition to his narcissism and immaturity, he may be trying to figure out a way to get out of the race gracefully.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 16, 2016

        A removal from the race would indeed provide us with a necessary respite from all the buffoonery he and the GOP have inconsiderately unloaded on us.
        I’m exasperated by the onslaught of this nonsense, but the rebukes must go on.

        1. Dominick Vila August 16, 2016

          I share your sentiments, but I have to admit that I will miss the free daily comedy.

      2. Mama Bear August 17, 2016

        I for one hope that does not happen. If it does we could see the likes of someone even worse – Ted Cruz? yikes. John Kasich? living in Ohio I can tell you he would not be good for the country. He is an evil-gelica in street clothes and would like nothing better than to usher in a theocracy.

    5. Dominick Vila August 16, 2016

      He also supports joining Russia and Iran in their efforts to prop up the Assad regime to defeat ISIS in Syria.

  2. FT66 August 16, 2016

    The man (Trump) is unpredictable. No one knows what he says today will be the same tomorrow. He has no any stand and keeps changing like a chameleon. Good thinkers are not fond of such a person to lead anyone. Sorry, but it is the reality.

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    1. Mama Bear August 16, 2016

      You have hit the nail on the head with regard to his supporters…the “good thinkers” part does not apply to them.

  3. Dominick Vila August 16, 2016

    First he proposed the dismantling of NATO, and withdrawing U.S. troops from Europe and Asia, if our allies don’t pay their fair share (which would turn our armed forces into mercenaries), and when it became convenient to propose a way to fight ISIS he did not hesitate to tell the allies whose security he promised to ignore, to help us fight ISIS!!!
    The most perplexing part of all this is that his supporters see absolutely nothing wrong with his convoluted rhetoric, ignorance, lack of responsibility, and commitment.

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    1. Mama Bear August 16, 2016

      “His supports see absolutely nothing” would be pretty much accurate about any topic 🙂

    2. charleo1 August 16, 2016

      Indeed. But in the la-la-land of Trumpism, you are comparing black apples, and purple oranges. By proposing to dismantle NATO, he was fulfilling a mandate ordered up by the Russian Bankers to whom he owes a fortune. In the second instance, where he’s touting NATO’s importance in the war on terror. He was demagoguing terrorism, fanning irrational fears, and being an unabashed, unapologetic red meat religious bigot, pandering to the Evangelical crowd who are sticking with him like glue. Two entirely different things, don’t you see?

  4. FireBaron August 16, 2016

    I guess he is unaware that NATO troops have been working along side ours in Afghanistan and Iraq. As for DAESH, when does our national interest overcome the territorial sovereignty of the countries where they are operating in take place? If Iraq and Syria are handling the problem with air support from us and NATO, why do we want to risk our people’s lives with boots on the ground.

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    1. Mama Bear August 16, 2016

      I think you could have stopped with “he is unaware” and that would have pretty much summed it up regardless of the topic 🙂

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 16, 2016

        BINGO! You nailed it.

  5. charleo1 August 16, 2016

    Nothing new here. Trump is using the meme of every tin horn dictator seeking power since Neanderthals crawled out of caves. You are in mortal danger! Give me power over you. Over your laws, over your Constitutional, and Civil Rights, and I will make you safe.

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  6. TZToronto August 16, 2016

    Trump will probably say something about NATO members doing the heavy lifting against ISIL, something like, “Well, if they don’t want to pay their fair share, they can at least provide bodies for the fight. Believe me, when I’m President, it’ll be NATO troops doing the killing and dying, not American troops. It’s gonna be great. Believe me!! . . . please?”

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  7. Jon August 16, 2016

    NATO —-Trump doesn’t need NATO. He, alone, can defeat every real and imaginary enemy. Besides NATO helps serve as a check on his bff, comrade. confidante, political advisor, and source of inspiration, Mad Vlad Putin. It is pretty obvious that he was just being sarcastic again when he said he would work with NATO. Donnie you could have a career as a comedian. No one does sarcasm like you.

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    1. Mama Bear August 16, 2016

      There is much much more the to Russian connection than we can even imagine. More will come to light in the next month.

      1. joyce August 17, 2016

        You’re right, Mama Bear and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully they will eviscerate him.

        1. Mama Bear August 17, 2016

          I have just written to my Senator – Sherrod Brown and asked him why they are not investigating the Manfort/Trump/Putin connection. I suggest you write to your and don’t stop writing until we have answers.

          1. joyce August 17, 2016

            I agree 100%. I will write to Bob Casey and Pat Toomey. I don’t expect much support from Toomey but I’m happy to let him know how his constituents feel. We can’t let this go without accountability and transparency.

          2. Mama Bear August 17, 2016

            This is, in my opinion, the most frightening time in our country’s history since maybe the Civil War. When ignorance is honored as a virtue and hate and fear are trumpeted (pun intended) as good we are on a very slippery precipice.

          3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 17, 2016

            That opinion is shared by millions in different parts of the world as well as in America. These are frightening times but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s just that the light gets obscured by the GOP and Trump interposing their bulk between forward-looking people like ourselves and that light.

          4. Mama Bear August 18, 2016

            well said, Aaron. Thanks.

  8. yabbed August 16, 2016

    Donnie Trump is like the three year old who just keeps changing his mind nonsensically.

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  9. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 16, 2016

    When Baha’u’llah exhorted Kings and Rulers shortly after His formal announcement in Baghdad, Iraq in April 1863 in a series of Tablets He exhorted humanity to establish “The Most Great Peace”. Rulers and leaders such as Kaiser Wilhelm, Napoleon III, Nasiri-d-Din Shah, Sultan Abdu’l Aziz, Pope Pius IX, Quenn Victoria were recipients of tablets from this prisoner, Baha’u’llah, who warned them that if they didn’t exert their energies for the betterment of humanity, there kingdoms would be snatched from them.

    Only one, Queen Victoria, responded in a positive way. The others spurned His offer, and one by one their authority was snatched from them, they suffered humiliations, and their kingdoms are only footnotes in history books. Only Queen Victoria’s Empire outlived the others.

    Since all the rulers rejected the admonition, Baha’u’llah exhorted humanity to work towards “The Lesser Peace”—a peace characterized by the requirement that they each join forces in a united manner to rebuff any attempt of any aggressor to intrude on the rights of other nations.

    Trump and conservative elements in authority in political affairs seek to circumvent this admonition to be united in action against would-be aggressors in their disputes with the continuation with supporting the United Nations, NATO, and other political alliances that have been established in various parts of the world.

    Trump(and the generality of the GOP) seeks to deceive us by feigning support for NATO when he’s already shown his hand previously—a hand that many conservatives have shown via media outlets like FOX, diatribes by other right-wing media outlets, and what not.

    Their attitudes are in direct contradiction to the realization of the Vision of establishing a world that must revolve around the axis of “The Oneness of Humanity”, and motivated by the reality that “The Earth is but One Country, and Humankind its citizens”.

    Just saying.

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    1. Mama Bear August 17, 2016

      Very interesting and thought-provoking post. thank you.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 17, 2016

        Thank you, and you’re welcome.

  10. Vocalic Scissors August 16, 2016

    Really Donnie! I thought you said NATO is obsolete! Do you really have a head above your shoulders Donnie? Running the US Government is a not Chicken Drop, you dig?

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 17, 2016

      He did say that about NATO. But like Rudy, Trump forgets, or maybe he has a “selective amnesia” switch to toggle on or off depending on the situation.

      1. Vocalic Scissors August 17, 2016

        I won’t want him holding the nuclear code! He might just forget that he sold it to Putin in order to get the rights to build a Trump Tower in Red Square, Moscow.

  11. Knut Holt April 14, 2017

    USA is in badly need for help from the NATO countries for protection against the threat from radical and militarized Islam steadily more invading the western countries, and the NATO countries are also in badly for help from USA for the same purpose. The free lifestyle, personal freedom and of western citizens are in an utmost danger due to this invasive cancer.

    But we must beware that the protective measures against Islam will not curbe the freedom of wester citizens too, a tendency such protective measures already tend to have.

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