Continue Drone Strikes on Terrorists
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"And yes, I will also quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS, will rebuild our military and make it so strong no one — and I mean, no one — will mess with us."
- Trump Campaign radio advertisement, 2016
"When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families."
- Donald Trump interview on "Fox and Friends," December 2015
In March 2017, the Trump administration loosened restrictions on CIA and military drone strikes, giving lower level commanders more leeway in ordering strikes without presidential approval. It is not clear whether this policy shift has had a direct effect on the number and types of strikes or those who are targeted (e.g.: families of alleged terrorists).
During Trump's first two years in office the total number of recorded drone strikes numbered 238 - more than Obama's first two years in office. Strikes were predominantly carried out in Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
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