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Donald Trump plans to declare war on Islamic State, but with 'very few' US troops

Cleveland: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said if elected he will "declare war" on the Islamic State (IS), but would send "very few" US troops on the ground to combat the dreaded terror outfit.

"It is war. By the way, it is war," Trump told '60 Minute' of the CBS News in an interview. "We have people that want to wipe us out. We're gonna declare war against IS. We have to wipe out IS," he said in response to a question.

Trump and Pence

Donald Trump (right) shakes hands with Mike Pence (left) Reuters

"I am going to have very few troops on the ground. We're going to have unbelievable intelligence, which we need; which,
right now, we don't have. We don't have the people over there," he explained.

"We are going to have surrounding states and, very importantly, get NATO involved because we support NATO far more than we should, frankly, because you have a lot of countries that aren't doing what they're supposed to be doing. And we have to wipe out IS," he said, adding that he would send "very little" US troops on the ground.

Joining Trump in the interview his vice presidential running mate Mike Pence said this is the kind of leadership that is needed in the US. "This is the kind of leadership that America needs and it begins with deciding to destroy the enemies of our freedom," he said.

Trump claimed the US under his administration would get rid of IS, big league. "We are going to get rid of them fast. And we're going to use surrounding states. We're going to use NATO, probably. And we're going to declare war. It is war. When the World Trade Center comes tumbling down, with thousands of people being killed," he said.

When pointed out that Pence also voted for war in Iraq as did his Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump said the
Indiana Governor is entitled to make mistake once in a while, but the former Secretary of State is not.

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2016 13:16 PM

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