Donald Trump – ‘Absolutely No Choice’ but to Close Mosques in Wake Of Paris Attacks
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday suggested he would “strongly consider” shutting down mosques in the U.S. as part of the response to the terror attacks in Paris.
“Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it,” Trump said. “A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice.”
Trump said he would “strongly consider” closing mosques if elected in response to the terrorist attacks in France last Friday that killed at least 129 people and injured hundreds more. “There’s absolutely no choice,” Trump insisted. “Some really bad things are happening and they’re happening fast. Certainly a lot faster than our president understands because he doesn’t understand anything.”
Trump also highlighted his concerns with accepting Syrian refugees, saying he has “a feeling that a lot of bad things will happen.”
“But yet we take everybody,” he said. “We don’t know where they come from, we don’t know what their crime record is. It could be wonderful. It could be a disaster.” “We can’t take a chance. You know, if you take thousands of people, and again I hear it’s going to be many more than what you’re talking about right now. You know, you don’t need 25, you don’t need 100,” he said. “Look at all the damage done in Paris with just a few people.”
Thirty-one governors say they will refuse to resettle refugees in their states. The House is also expected to vote this week on a bill that would halt the Syrian refugee program and require tougher vetting measures.
The White House has pledged to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year. But those plans are the center of a heated debate after reports suggesting that at least one of the Paris attackers entered the country by posing as a Syrian refugee.