In major policy speech, Trump calls for treating cartels as terror groups, relief for homeless

"And yes, these drug traffickers should and must receive the death penalty," he said

Updated: July 26, 2022 - 5:16pm

Former President Trump, sounding more like a 2024 presidential candidate everyday, on Tuesday set forth a sweeping policy prescription for America in which he called for treating cartels like terror groups, medical treatment tents for country’s huge homeless population, and the end to the sexualization of children.

Speaking at the America First Policy Institute summit on Tuesday, the former president outlined plans for dealing with a plethora of issues facing America today.

"We know where these gangs operate, what streets they control," he said of the drug cartels pushing narcotics in the U.S. interior. "The police officers know their names. The problem is they're not allowed to do anything about it. And they want to."

"We need to get in there immediately. Go in every drug den, every stash house, every hideaway and round up the dealers and killers and gang members and charge them with any and every crime that we find and there are a lot of them," he asserted. "To lead this effort a violent crime task force should be tasked with destroying these organizations and the penalties should be severe."

"It is time to get brutally tough on the dealers and traffickers and narco-terrorist cartels that are stealing over 200,000 American lives a year," he continued. "And yes, these drug traffickers should and must receive the death penalty."

On the issue of America's homeless population, Trump prescribed several relief options.

“Drug squalor is not good for anyone,” he said. “For the good of everyone involved the homeless need to go to shelters, the long-term mentally ill need to go to institutions, and the unhoused drug addicts need to go to rehab or, if necessary and appropriate, in jail."

“We have a problem. It’s a big problem. How do you handle these hundreds of thousands of people getting worse all the time? … Open up large parcels of inexpensive land in the outer reaches of the cities – bringing medical professionals including doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, drug rehab specialists, build permanent bathrooms and other facilities make them good. But build them fast and create thousands and thousands of high-quality tents, which can be done in one day. …

“Some people say that's a horrible [idea.] No, what's horrible is what's happening now," he insisted. "We have to do it because you can put up a tent in one day. It'd be two, three years, a long time if you're going to build housing. It will be the best ambition of these people and all of us to get their lives back on track. Leave the tent city and be back to the mainstream of society."

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