Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said during, meet the press, that France, Germany and other nations hit by terror attacks are themselves responsible because they allowed people to come into their territory.
Trump, who has been in favour of suspending immigration said, “We have seen problems in Germany, and we have problems in France, but these countries are compromised by terrorism.”
“They have been compromised, and you know why? It’s their own fault. Because they allowed people to come and invade in their own territory,” he said.
The candidate has repeatedly called for ‘extreme vetting’ to be put in place for such nations to protect the US from the risk of attack.
Trump denied the policy amounted to backing away from his previous call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. He said, “I actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion. I’m looking now at the territory level.”
“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.