Trump emphasizes ‘War on Terror’; security experts say foreign real estate a target

Less than a week into Donald Trump’s assumption of the White House both the president and his administration have signaled a more aggressive military strategy will be used to combat terrorism around the world.

On the revamped White House website, for example, defeating “ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups” is listed as President Trump’s top foreign policy goal.

Under a section titled “America First Foreign Policy”, the administration says it will “pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations” and “work with international partners to cut off funding for terrorist groups, to expand intelligence sharing, and to engage in cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable propaganda and recruiting.”

The new White House also has prioritized the restoration of military infrastructure and weaponry, citing a 25-year trend in depletion of the Navy and Air Force arsenals.

“President Trump . . . knows that our military dominance must be unquestioned,” the policy statement reads.

In Friday’s inaugural speech at the U.S. Capitol, Trump emphasized America’s commitment to fighting the kind of foreign terrorism that has been perpetrated in America on more than one occasion.

“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth,” the president exclaimed.

Following up on Monday, President Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over the phone to reassure the foreign leader of America’s commitment to help fight international violence there.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump promised al-Sisi military support and a statement by Egyptian spokesman Alaa Youseff referred to America’s continued willingness to partner in the “war on terror”.

The statements follow an AP report Monday morning which cites global security experts who say that Trump Organization properties overseas are now at a greater risk of being targeted by terrorists, criminal gangs and foreign militants.

Potential high-risk areas where the Trump-brand is located include the cities of Istanbul, Dubai, Mumbai, Manila and Bali, where the former New York businessman has buildings and golf courses branded with his name.

“They may kidnap a Trump worker and not even want to negotiate,” said RAND Corporation political scientist Colin Clarke, referring to extremist objectives.

RAND is a non-profit research and analysis global policy organization based in Santa Monica, Calif., which is partially funded by the U.S. government.

Christopher Hagon, managing partner for a Florida-based international security consulting group, said complete protection of private property in foreign countries is a nearly-impossible.

“There is no complete answer to these things unless you’ve got a military encampment and you can do anything you like,” the former London police officer said.

One caveat may be the Secret Service, which is charged by law to protect the president and his immediate family, wherever they travel.

Trump’s real estate business is now officially run by the president’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, and a veteran company executive.

 

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