Surprise! 28 Months Later, There’s Still No Secret Trump ISIS Plan

This morning, Trump promised — for the umpteenth time — a “news conference in two weeks” on the fight against ISIS, which he also claimed is having “tremendous success.”

But by this afternoon’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was already bailing on the idea, underscoring the reality that Trump has for 28 months been stringing along the American people, repeatedly promising to outline an American foreign policy vision and comprehensive plan to take on ISIS, then consistently delayed the unveiling of his “very, very beautiful” — and, it should be noted, very, very nonexistent — plan to “easily” defeat ISIS.

“Trump’s 28 months-and-counting bait and switch on his nonexistent ‘beautiful’ plan to take on ISIS is becoming pathetic – and worse his inaction is putting us all at risk,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “Trump’s failure to outline a clear foreign policy doctrine, while alienating our closest allies and emboldening Russia, is an existential threat to our economic and national security.”

Timeline: Trump’s Secret Plan to Defeat ISIS

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 6/12/17: “When we have an update on his schedule, I’ll let you know. But we don’t have one at this time.”


6/12/17: “We’ve had tremendous success against ISIS in our fight in the Middle East…We’re gonna be having a news conference in two weeks on that fight.”

5/21/17: “We are doing very well in the fight against ISIS…We’re going to be having a news conference in about two weeks to let everybody know how well we’re doing.”

9/9/16: “I don’t like to reveal — you know…I don’t want to have to tell the enemy, you know.”

9/6/16: “We are going to convey my top generals and give them a simple instruction. They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS.”

6/29/16: “I don’t like to be giving out all this information.”

5/5/16: “I have a plan. You would have to hit them very hard.”

4/23/16: “I have a great plan, it’s going to be great…I’d rather not say; I want to be unpredictable.”

11/25/15: “I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.”

10/4/15: “I would sit back and let’s see what’s going on.”

9/28/15: “Let Syria and ISIS fight…Why do we care?

7/7/15: “That’s not our fight; that’s other people’s fight.”

6/16/15: “I’m not telling you anything.”

6/3/15: “You know, every time I say it I get criticized, but at some point I’ll have to reveal it: but there is a way of defeating ISIS so easily, so quickly, so effectively, and it would be so nice.” 

6/1/15: “I have an absolute way of defeating ISIS, and it would be decisive and quick, and very, very beautiful.

5/27/15: “I do know what to do and I would now how to bring ISIS to the table, or beyond that defeat ISIS very quickly —  and I’m not going to tell you what that is tonight.”