After accepting the GOP nomination, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has spoken out about the terrorist acts in France and Germany. It was their own fault for letting the terrorists into their countries in the first place, according to The Donald.
Trump has laid the blame for the recent terror attacks in France and Germany right at their respective doors and has indicated that should he win the presidency, he will subject citizens from both countries to “extreme vetting” should they attempt to enter the U.S.
According to Trump, France and Germany have both been “totally” compromised by terrorism. He vowed in his presidential nomination acceptance speech to “immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”
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Trump also spoke of his vow to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. should he become president, saying his idea of a ban had now extended.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, The Donald offered an expansion on his vision, explaining that he meant he was “looking at territories,” adding, “I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.”
Speaking of the recent terror attacks in France and Germany, Trump went on to talk in a somewhat disjointed fashion.
“Our constitution is great. But it doesn’t necessarily give us the right to commit suicide, okay? I cherish our constitution. We’re making it territorial. We have nations and… I’m going to be coming out over the next few weeks with a number of the places and it’s very complex. Because we have problems in Germany and France,” said The Donald.
Trump was then asked by interviewer Chuck Todd, “So this would limit immigration from France?”
It was at this point Trump said, referring to both European countries, “They’ve been totally compromised by terrorism.”
“And you know why?” he asked. “It’s their own fault because they allowed people to come in their territory.”
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Todd asked Trump, “So you would toughen up. You’re basically saying, hey, French want to come over here, you’ve got to go through an extra check?”
Trump went on to bring in Brexit and the U.K. into the discussion, saying, “It’s their fault because they’ve allowed people over years to come into their territory. That’s why Brexit happened, OK? Because the UK is saying, ‘We’re tired of this stuff.'”
The NBC interviewer then went on to state, “You can get to the point where you’re not allowing a lot of people to come into this country.”
To which Donald Trump responded that maybe the U.S. will get to that point, but that as a country, “We have to be smart and we have to be vigilant and we have to be strong. We can’t be the stupid people.”
According to a report by the International Business Times, when Todd asked The Donald to confirm whether people from France, Germany and Spain would be excluded from entering the U.S., the GOP nominee went on about his plan for “extreme vetting.“
“We’re going to have tough standards. If a person can’t prove that they’re from an area, and if a person can’t prove what they have to be able to prove, they’re not coming into this country,” Trump said.
Speaking of his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump also disputed perspectives by the media that said his speech was “dark,” and that he focused on linking economic hardship and rising crime rates to “border-crossers.”
According to Trump, his speech was “optimistic,” saying, “I talk about the problems but we’re going to solve the problems.”
Hear the speech in the video included below.
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