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President Trump Needs to Reverse Course on Iraq – and Fast.
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President Trump Needs to Reverse Course on Iraq – and Fast.

Authors Daniel Benaim and Hardin Lang argue that for the sake of the United States' national security, President Donald Trump should rescind the travel ban.

Authors

  • Daniel Benaim
  • Hardin Lang

Last week, President Trump ordered his national security team to undertake a 30-day review of the nation’s strategy to combat ISIS. However, in just the 11 days since he took office, Trump has already jeopardized the hard-earned gains of the last two years against ISIS in what has been the central theater of the campaign: Iraq.

Last week, the new Commander-in-Chief doubled down on his campaign riff that America should have “taken Iraq’s oil” – this time while standing in front of a wall of fallen CIA officers, idly musing “maybe you’ll have another chance.” Then on Friday, he banned nationals from the seven countries, including Iraq, from entering the U.S. for 90 days.  Yesterday, Iraqi’s Parliament responded in kind – voting to block U.S. citizens from entering Iraq.

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Authors

Daniel Benaim

Senior Fellow

Hardin Lang

Senior Fellow