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Trump Vows to 'Totally Obliterate' ISIS at CPAC

Bill Hoffmann

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President Donald Trump on Friday pledged to "totally obliterate" the Islamic State (ISIS) and keep radical Islamic terrorists "the hell out of our country."

Speaking before a capacity crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland's National Harbor, Trump also said "brand new action" against terrorists will begin in a few days, although he did not elaborate.


"[We will] totally obliterate ISIS," Trump said. "Working with our allies we will eradicate this evil from the face of the earth."

Trump said his administration is taking steps to rebuild the nation's armed forces.


"It will be one of the greatest military buildups in history … Nobody will dare question our military might again. We believe in peace through strength," Trump said.

The commander in chief, pausing numerous times as his supporters burst into raucous applause and cheers, said Europe has been under siege by terrorists.


"Take a look what happened in Sweden. Take a look at what's happened in Germany. Take a look at what's happening in Germany. Take a look at what's happening to our world," he said, referring to terrorist incidents.


"We have to be smart, we can't let it happen to us. We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country. We will not be deterred from this course. In a matter of days we will be taking brand new action … to keep America safe. The security of our people is No. 1."