Trump vows to defeat radical Islamic terrorism

DONALD Trump has smashed the media again, branding them "dishonest" and saying news outlets are covering up terrorist attacks.

The president thanked the military personnel and their families for "shouldering the burdens of war" in his speech at US Central Command at the MacDill Air Force base in Florida today.

Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Trump rattled off a series of strikes carried out by "radical Islamic terrorists", including September 11 and the more recent violence in Orlando, Fla.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Paris; and Nice, France. In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. "They have their reasons and you understand that".

Trump, who will be joined in Tampa by Gov. Rick Scott, will arrive after a weekend at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago, his first visit to Florida as president. He also cited terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice.

However Cosmopolitan said on Monday Conway had referred to the fake massacre while doing an interview with a reporter.

A recent raid by Navy SEALs against an al-Qaida stronghold in Yemen was the first known ground assault in that country by USA forces since 2014 and marked the first such mission given final approval by Trump.

Trump provided no evidence to back up his comments.

"We had a wonderful election, didn't we?"

The president also said that the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and other proponents of "radical Islamic terrorism" is being distorted by the media. "We're not going to allow it".

While the Trump administration has increased pressure on Iran and China, it has said little about the future of Afghanistan, the nation's longest war where 8,400 USA troops, and many thousands more contractors are still stationed.

Trump also somewhat softened his rhetoric on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during the speech, promising to "strongly support" a key pillar of US military policy that has stood for more than a half-century, while demanding other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies pay more for its upkeep. "You like me, and I like you".

"We only ask that all of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members make their full and proper financial contributions to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, which many of them have not been doing. And I'd always mention 'America first.' A phrase that you probably never heard", Trump said, to applause.

Trump said the USA needed to "keep out people who want to destroy us and destroy our country".

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