Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) is harshly critical of President Obama’s national security strategies, calling his peaceful withdrawal a miserable failure as ISIS continues to be a threat.

“I think our adversaries are going to really be pressing us pretty hard over the next 8, 9 months. So these threats that we face from Islamic terror are real. They are growing,” Johnson says. “We can’t just defeat one group in this place, kind of pat our hands and say, ok, we are done with it. We’ve fixed this problem. This is going to be a long term struggle. We have got to be the leader of a committed coalition of the willing, of the civilized world, to once and for all defeat Islamic terror.”

But in referencing the GOP nominee, he isn’t “all in” for Donald Trump’s national security proposals either. Some of Trump’s more controversial national policy proposals include decreasing the US relationship with NATO and giving nuclear weapons to Japan and South Korea.

“I don’t agree with any person 100 percent,” Johnson says. “I will continue to look for areas of agreement in terms of economic growth, national security, strengthening our military, defeating ISIS.”

One place where they do agree, however, is the notion of building more fencing on the southern border – or in Trump’s case, his infamous wall. Johnson, as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, confirms there have been no reported instances of terrorists entering from Mexico but he still has concerns.

“We have not documented anything, but we certainly know how porous our border is and we’ve got to secure our border for a number of reasons. We have got to fix our broken immigration system.”

Johnson is in a tight race back home in Wisconsin against former senator Russ Feingold. The democratic challenger is up by 5.7 points according to RealClearPolitics. However, Johnson says he is confident that his record and dedication to improving national and economic security will secure his second term in office.

See Fernando’s interview for more of Johnson’s thoughts on the future of our country’s national security and promoting economic growth.

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