In the midst of increasing terror attacks in France and Germany, US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lost no time to highlight his anti-immigration agenda to the world.
He said that these countries (France, Germany) were suffering such attacks because they allowed people, from what he calls, countries “compromised by terrorism” to enter their country and said they themselves were to be blamed.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he said, “They have been compromised by terrorism, they have totally been. And you know why? It’s their own fault. Because they allowed people to come into their territory,” he said.
Trump has been championing his anti-immigration agenda to garner support for his US presidential election in November. He has also promised to build a wall between Mexico and US border. He has stressed on ’extreme vetting’ to be put in place for people coming into US from these regions. Previously, he had called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration but over the course of his campaigning he has toned down his rhetoric on this particular issue.
In early June, Trump told reporters that he’d seek to restrict people from unspecified “terrorist countries” from entering the US. The announcement was a shift from what he had said in December 2015 that if he was elected, he would put in “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Making his point on the issue, he told NBC: ‘I actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion. I’m looking now at territory.”
“People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I’m okay with that because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim,” he added.
“Just remember this, our Constitution is great. But it doesn’t necessarily give us the right to commit suicide, okay? Now, we have a religious, you know, everybody wants to be protected. And that’s great. And that’s the wonderful part of our Constitution. I view it differently,” Trump said.
Series of mindless acts of violence occurred in France and Germany over the last two weeks that have left people feeling vulnerable.
(With inputs from IANS/Agencies)