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Defeating ISIS is First Priority: Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President on January 20, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON

Moments after Trump’s inauguration ceremony, the administration made its top policy goal to defeat Islamic terror groups.

Trump promised to “unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth”.

In the statement titled “America First Foreign Policy,” the Trump administration said: “Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our highest priority.”

ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also called ISIL.

The new American administration said ‘It will pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations when necessary, work to cut off funding for armed groups, expand intelligence sharing, and use cyberwarfare to disrupt propaganda and recruitment efforts’

Trump’s speech and the statement echoed his campaign criticism of Obama and his election rival, Hillary Clinton, for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terror” to describe ISIL and other hardline groups.

Obama argued that using the term would conflate “murderers” with “the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful”.

Clinton said using the phrase would play into the hands of armed groups that want to portray the United States as at war with Islam.