National Security Dominates Day one of the Republican National Convention


On the first day of the Republican National Convention, safety is a key issue – not the safety around the convention, but the safety of our country.

Donald trump’s campaign slogan has been “Make America Great Again,” and on the first day of the national convention, the GOP rallied around one key that they say, will make America great.

Delegates in Cleveland got out to an early breakfast but were woken up by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

“The message was clear, concise, hard-hitting,” said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.

“If you look, for example, the South China Sea, if you want to really cope with China, you better re-invest in the American military,” Gingrich said. “It’s a very serious problem.”

Gingrich says in order to “make America great again,” the U.S must re-invest in American firepower to keep up with countries like China, and fight off terrorism and ISIS.

“Diplomacy is not going to work with these folks,” said Sandra King, a delegate from the 23rd district. “The only thing they understand is strength. They have to understand that if they come at us, we’re going to come at them, twice as hard.”

But as one might question how a businessman would be better suited than the former Secretary of State on foreign affairs, Bijoy Datta of Broome County says it’s simple.

“Really, it’s about having a leader who is decisive and willing to take action,” Datta said. “But in terms of someone like Mr. Trump who might not have the greatest foreign policy experience, but he’s willing to surround himself with people that do, like Newt Gingrich.”

Though he’s bound to Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator John DeFrancisco says it’s time to invest in Donald Trump as he’ll reinvest in the military.

“What he was really saying is that we’ve had eight years that I don’t think anybody could possible say that have gone in the right direction at the federal level,” DeFrancisco said.

The former speaker says Trump’s record shows he gets things done.

“Under her leadership and Obama’s leadership, Syria has collapsed, Iraq has collapsed, Afghanistan is declining, and the Chinese are building up their military while we weaken ours,” Gingrich said. “Now every evidence we have is that she would be so weak on national security, that she, I think, is a genuine threat.”

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