PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Friday said the United States should take a more active role in the fight against Islamic State militants, including the creation of a no-fly zone over the entire Middle East.
“I think we need to do a lot more.
We need to take the lead,” Trump told reporters at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“But you have to go and take the fight to the other side.
You have to take that lead.
We’re going to have to.”
The U.S. is still struggling to find its feet as the world grapples with the aftermath of the Paris attacks, but Trump was unequivocal that he believes the U.N. should step up its efforts to fight Islamic State.
“We have to get to the U., the United Nation’s, because they’re the only ones who are going to do that,” Trump said.
“You know what?
They have to be involved.”
The President’s comments come amid increasing international pressure for the U,N.
to impose a no fly zone over Syria, where the group has declared a caliphate.
“This is not a war, this is a conflict,” Trump, who has called for a no kill approach to combat Islamic State, said.
He also pointed to the need for a U.K.-led air campaign against the group, arguing that the U.-S.
strategy has not worked in the past.
“What I have been telling you, I have told you, this has been a failure,” Trump added.
“Our policy is a disaster.
I said this yesterday.
We are going, we are going.
We have to have a no bomb zone in Syria.”
The president’s comments were widely expected to play a major role in shaping the strategy for his first term.
A no-bomb zone could be a key element of a strategy to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a U