On heels of trip to Israel, Governor Walker talks foreign policy in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says a recent trip to Israel reinforces his belief that the United States must aggressively deal with terrorists abroad.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate spoke Saturday to Iowa Republicans in West Des Moines. Walker had just returned from a five-day trip to Israel, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and toured the region.

Walker criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy, which he says has been to "draw a red line in the sand and allow people to cross it." Walker says the United States should deal with terrorism head on and "take the fight to them."

"On behalf of my children and yours, I'm not gonna wait until the next (terror) attempt is made on American soil.  I'd rather take the threat to them, instead of waiting 'til they take it to us.  That's what we need in America, is strong leadership. We've had it before," Walker said.

Walker was to appear later Saturday at a dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Iowa. Walker has yet to announce his 2016 plans.

This weekend, Walker also spent time in Wisconsin, attending the Wisconsin Republican Convention in La Crosse.