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Trump: Democrats 'established ISIS because of weakness'

Posted July 26

— Making his second North Carolina appearance in a little over 12 hours, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that, if elected, he would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure quality health care is provided quickly and veterans have more access to civil jobs.

Speaking at the VFW National Convention in Charlotte, Trump also blasted political rival Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration's foreign policy, blaming them for the rise in terrorism in the Middle East. He noted no one during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia mentioned the Islamic State group.

"They don't want to talk about it because, in a very true way, they really established ISIS because of weakness," Trump said. "The people in this room know better than anybody else, or any other audience, what I mean by weakness."

Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, told the audience that Trump "will name our enemies by name, and he will defeat them."

Calling the ongoing problem with veterans having to wait for health care at VA facilities nationwide "totally inexcusable" and a "permanent stain on government," Trump laid out a 10-point plan to overhaul the agency to provide faster access, including establishing a hotline to the White House that he himself would sometimes pick up to handle complaints by veterans.

"Our debt to you is eternal, yet our politicians have totally failed you," he said.

He promised to maintain a public health care system for veterans because he called it a "sacred commitment," but he said he would change the system to allow veterans "waiting in line" to go to private doctors or hospitals.

According to figures released two weeks ago by the VA, 20 percent of appoints at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center and 15 percent of appointments at the Durham VA Medical Center have to be scheduled more than a month in advance. The national average is less than 10 percent.

Also, veterans wait an average of 31 days to see specialists at the Fayetteville VA, which is the longest specialty care average wait time in the country and is three times the national average.

Trump also touched on other common campaign themes, including eliminating the "rigged system" of Washington politics and special interests, cutting taxes, negotiating more favorable trade deals, reforming the immigration system and blocking refugees from war-torn Syria "and other dangerous countries" from entering the U.S.

"We don't (want to) bring into the United States the same terrorism that our American soldiers are fighting overseas," he said, noting that Clinton wants a five-fold increase in the number of refugees. "We have to be the smart country again, or we are in big, big trouble."

Clinton spoke to the VFW on Monday before heading to Philadelphia, where she received the Democratic nomination for president on Tuesday evening.

But the reception for Trump at the convention was more rousing, and it was clear the audience favors him.

"I was somewhat independent because I was a registered Democrat. However, after hearing the two presentations, I've switched totally to Trump," veteran Bill Hudson said.

"He was much more warmly received than Hillary was yesterday, and her speech was very reserved and stoic and not very exciting, really," said Ruth Ann Dyer, the wife North Carolina veteran Jim Dyer.

"I think they both had something to say, and that's what makes this country great," Jim Dyer said.

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  • Russ Bullock Jul 27, 10:02 a.m.
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    This nation has become a TV reality show. It may be time to turn the channel.

  • Jim Smith Jul 26, 5:59 p.m.
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    UNFOUNDED LIE!

  • Jim Smith Jul 26, 5:58 p.m.
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    That quote fits everything your saying about YOU and you can't even see it. That is amazing!

  • Jim Smith Jul 26, 5:57 p.m.
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    Would you prefers answers that are out and out LIES like Hillary Clinton gives to people?

  • Jim Smith Jul 26, 5:56 p.m.
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    I and most of America would prefer the unknown (notice I wasn't so ignorant as to say completely unknown) over known corruption!!! You are completely illogical unless you find comfort in the status quo being corrupt!

  • Jim Smith Jul 26, 5:54 p.m.
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    Out of hundreds of businesses? And your logic is terrible and completely unfounded!

  • Jim Williams Jul 26, 5:03 p.m.
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    Further little man Paul, where are you getting Jim Williams and Jim Smith are the same person? Provide the IP addresses if your so smart.

  • Jim Williams Jul 26, 5:01 p.m.
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    Well Paul, I am curious are you a WRAL employee tracking IP addresses? I used my Master's from Penn and have done quite well. WRAL's modus operandi is to censor dissenting opinions, and prevent Conservatives from continual posting. Censorship in the liberal media applies to conservatives. They cannot silence us, so now they have their small minded, minions trolling with Sal Alinsky ridicule from small little men. Let's compare Democrats, of which you are one Paul, are represented by Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party, Sharia Muslims, Illegal immigrants, Capitalist Cronies which own HRC to the tune of 21 million, Emily's List, LaRaza. Fine company you keep their Paul. Conservatives represent the police, military, business owners and white working class. Choose your side. Your just another Blue State Yankee of which logic is lost upon.

  • Tracy T. Dalrymple Jul 26, 3:03 p.m.
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    My husband and I own a small business and know first hand how bigger businesses filing for bankruptcy can hurt a business. Filing one time is somewhat understandable, but 4? So yes, in my opinion, he's corrupt.

  • Jim Williams Jul 26, 2:57 p.m.
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    "Winning," I "PO'd" the Yankee and won

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