McMullin: Trump ‘vilifies all Muslims as terrorists’
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Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin took to Twitter Monday to blast Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE, just as the Republican presidential nominee delivered a major address on terrorism and foreign policy.

McMullin said Trump "vilifies all Muslims as terrorists" and didn't know how to "defeat Islamist terrorism."

McMullin, a CIA veteran, continued on Twitter, saying Trump would alienate American allies and empower the country's enemies.

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Trump in a foreign policy address Monday blamed President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He also vowed to protect the nation from terrorism, including by issuing tests for prospective immigrants to prevent any attackers from entering the U.S.

The speech came after Trump sparked controversy last week by saying Obama had founded ISIS. Trump initially doubled down on those remarks before claiming that he was only being sarcastic.

McMullin, though, said on Twitter that Trump would only embolden terrorists.

McMullin officially launched his long-shot White House run last week as an alternative to Trump and Clinton.

His campaign on Sunday announced that the Independence Party of Minnesota had made him its presidential nominee.

The Independence Party and McMullin’s campaign are now working toward gathering the 2,000 signatures needed to appear on Minnesota’s ballot.