Donald Trump, in the wake of the horrific shooting at an Orlando gay club, has called
for a ban on immigration from "areas of the world where there is
a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our
Trump drew fire last year
when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States in a bid to tamp down on Islamic terrorism. It was not clear if this was
an expansion of the plan and the Trump camp did not immediately respond
to a request for comment.
“We must find out what is going on. We have to do it. It will be
lifted, this ban, when and as a nation we're in a position to properly
and perfectly screen these people coming in to our country,” Trump said.
"I refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian
people, Jewish people are targets of persecution and intimidation by radical
Islamic preachers of hate and violence.”
During the speech, Trump condemned the Orlando attack and began the speech
with a moment of silence.
"The horror is beyond description. The families of these wonderful
people are totally devastated and they will be forever," Trump said.
"Likewise, our whole nation and, indeed, the whole world is devastated."
The presumptive Republican nominee delivered his address in New Hampshire,
the state of his first primary victory, at Saint Anselm’s College.
He attacked what he says is a dysfunctional immigration system and falsely
said that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was born in Afghanistan, when he was
born in New York.
"The killer whose name I will not use or ever say was born in Afghan
of Afghan parents who emigrated to the United States. His father published
support for the Afghan
Taliban, a regime which murders those who don't share its radical views."
Mateen's father had a talk show in the US which a former Afghan official
described as pro-Taliban. But a former colleague refuted that, calling
Trump also said he stood in solidarity with Orlando’s “LGBT” community.
“It's an assault on the ability of free people to live their
lives, love who they want and express their identity. It's an attack
on the right of every single American to live in peace and safety in their
own country," Trump said.
And Trump disparaged rival Hillary Clinton, making the case that he was
more pro-LBGT than she is. "Ask yourself, who is really the friend
of women and the LB and LGBT community. Donald Trump with actions or Hillary
Clinton with her words. I will tell you who the better friend is. And
some day I believe that will be proven out bigly,” he said.
The speech initially was meant to be a speech on “all things Clinton”
but Trump postponed that speech in the wake of the tragedy, promising
on Monday that he will deliver that speech “very very soon.”
Yet still, the remnants of that speech seemed to make their way into his
remarks, as he attacked his Democratic rival several times by name.
"The bottom line is that Hillary supports policies that bring the
threat of radical Islam into America and allow it to grow overseas and
it is growing,” he said.
He called on her to explain why she has proposed to allow refugees into
"The burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us why we should admit anyone
into our country who supports violence of any kind against gay and lesbian
Americans, the burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us how she will pay
for it, her plan will cost hundreds of billions of dollars long term," he said.
Trump went on to call for a strengthening of intelligence and immigration
communities and called
for President Obama to release the immigration histories of all individuals implicated
in terrorist activities.
"The public has a right to know how these people got here, how they
came on to this great land, why are they here?" he asked.
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