- The Washington Times - Monday, September 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton on Monday said terrorists are using Donald Trump’s rhetoric as a recruiting tool, while calling for an “intelligence surge” and closer cooperation with Silicon Valley as part of her plan to combat terrorism.

“We know that a lot of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS,” Mrs. Clinton told reporters. “Because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam.”

“We know that Donald Trump’s comments have been used online for recruitment of terrorists,” said Mrs. Clinton, citing comments from former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

“You don’t hear a plan from him,” she said of Mr. Trump. “He keeps saying he has a secret plan…the secret is he has no plan.”

Mrs. Clinton’s comments came as authorities search for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan, for questioning in relation to an explosion in New York over the weekend that wounded about 30 people.

Earlier Monday, in an appearance on Fox News, Mr. Trump said police are hesitating to act in some cases because they don’t want to be accused of profiling. Mr. Trump has said he would suspend immigration from terrorist hotbeds until there is an understanding of how to end the threats.

“This threat is real, but so is our resolve,” Mrs. Clinton said Monday. “Americans will not cower. We will prevail. We will defend our country, and we will defeat the evil, twisted ideology of the terrorists.”

Mrs. Clinton says she has a plan to “take the fight to ISIS everywhere they threaten us - including online.”

She called for an “intelligence surge” to help identify and thwart attacks “before they can be carried out.”

“We need to work more closely with Silicon Valley and other partners to counter terrorist propaganda and recruitment efforts online,” she said.

She said it is “crucial” to continue to build up trust between law enforcement and Muslim-American communities.

She also said in the Middle East, the Islamic State’s strongholds must be smashed with an accelerated coalition air campaign, and called for more support for Arab and Kurdish forces on the ground and “intense diplomatic efforts” in Syria, Iraq, and across the region.

The Trump campaign said Mrs. Clinton is trying to distract from her own record on terrorism.

“Hillary Clinton’s comments today accusing Mr. Trump of treason are not only beyond the pale, it’s also an attempt to distract from her horrible record on ISIS,” said Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller.

“The decision to remove all American troops from Iraq in 2011, which was vigorously supported by Clinton, created the vacuum that led to the founding of ISIS. Nothing she says or does can ever un-ring that bell,” Mr. Miller said.

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