Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday said that France, Germany and other nations hit by terror attacks recently had only themselves to blame Â”because they allowed people to come into their territory.Â”
Trump, who has been in favour of suspending immigration from what he calls countries “compromised by terrorism” until vetting mechanisms are in place, said, “We have problems in Germany, and we have problems in France” during an interview on NBCÂ’s Â“Meet the PressÂ”.
Â“They have been compromised by terrorism, they have totally been. And you know why? ItÂ’s their own fault. Because they allowed people to come into their territory,Â” he said.
The candidate has repeatedly called for Â“extreme vettingÂ” 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.
Â“I actually donÂ’t think itÂ’s a rollback. In fact, you could say itÂ’s an expansion. IÂ’m looking now at territory,Â” he said.
Â“People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you canÂ’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And IÂ’m okay with that because IÂ’m talking territory instead of Muslim,Â” he added.
Â“Just remember this, our Constitution is great. But it doesnÂ’t necessarily give us the right to commit suicide, okay? Now, we have a religious, you know, everybody wants to be protected. And thatÂ’s great. And thatÂ’s the wonderful part of our Constitution. I view it differently,Â” Trump said.