On the eve of a major national address to outline his plans to revitalize the American economy, Donald Trump is declaring that overseas, human rights for women, children and gays have gone in reverse on President Obama's and Hillary Clinton's watch.
His plan to counter that decline would include escalating the war effort in Syria against ISIS and by targeting his immigration on regions where violent Islamist terrorism is rampant.
"...they are drowning people in steel cages, we're going to have to do something. We are going to have to get rid of them."
"You have ISIS and you take a look at what's going on where they are chopping off heads, where they are drowning people in steel cages, we're going to have to do something. We are going to have to get rid of them," Trump said in an interview with Circa.
The GOP nominee said he's committed to escalating war efforts in Syria against ISIS though he isn't ready yet to decide whether that includes U.S. ground troops.
He said the escalation is necessary to reverse the failed Obama-Clinton policies that have allowed the spread of violence in which gays are executed by being thrown from buildings, women and children are sexually enslaved and Christians are being targeted for genocide.
"It's terrible and you look worldwide things are going on that you wouldn't even believe. And this country, as bad as it can sometimes be, you wouldn't even believe what's going on worldwide. It's a very, very tough situation."
Trump also appeared to narrow his now famous ban on Muslims entering the U.S., suggesting it would be more targeted at keeping out extremists from countries where violence is running rampant, alleging his Democratic challenger would expand immigration from those regions to the detriment of U.S .security.
"If you really look at it of certain areas certain territories and we are going to stop people from coming in from certain radicalized territories," he said. "We don't know anything about them. They don't have paper work or they don't have correct paperwork. And we've got to stop that," he said.
"We have a lot of people coming into our country right now and we have no idea who they are. Hillary Clinton wants to raise it up by 550 percent."
Hillary Clinton wants a hike in the number of Syrian refugees allowed in the U.S. to 65,000.
"He talks about banning Muslims from coming to the United States, a land built on religious freedom."
Clinton has said that Trump's approach to immigration is wrong.
At a conference in D.C. on Friday Clinton said, "He talks about banning Muslims from coming to the United States, a land built on religious freedom... We need to stand up as a country and say that Donald Trump doesn't represent who we are and what we believe."
The GOP nominee, now trailing in the polls after Clinton's post-convention bounce, also vowed to make ethics a key focus on his administration, putting into place people and policies that would end the pay-to-play culture in Washington.
"Well I think we are going have a high standard of ethics. We are going to get very ethical people with good backgrounds and people that really can do the job. Hillary Clinton has been a very dishonest person. She has lied all over the place someone even caught her lying this weekend in an interview, she did a terrible lie, just like an unthinkable lie. But we are going to have very high standards ethically.
Pressed on how he would achieve those goals, Trump added: "Well it's going to entail honesty. It's going to entail great honesty and great people."