Trump: ‘I would close up our borders’ after Brussels

By Cheryl Chumley

Donald Trump, who previously rocked mainstream media by saying he would temporarily shut borders to Muslims to give security officials time to catch up with security threats, said on Fox News in reaction to the Brussels terror attacks: See? My way is the right way.

“I think it’s absolutely horrible. I’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Trump said, during the “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning talk which focused on the Brussels terrorist strikes that left more than a dozen dead and scores injured.

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And his assessment?

“We have to be very, very careful in the United States,” Trump said. “We have to be very, very vigilant with who we let into this country. We are taking in people without real documentation. … I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on.

“We don’t know who they are or where they’re from. We don’t learn. I will tell you I’ve been talking about this for a long time. This whole thing will get worse as time goes by.”

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He pointed to the past beauty of Brussels, and said today’s reality is that open borders have led to its demise.

“Brussels was a beautiful place … and now it’s a disaster,” he said. “Brussels was an absolutely crime-free city, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And now you look at it and it’s a disaster. … This is a story that seems to be more and more happening.

“Paris is almost as bad,” he continued. “Paris is no longer the beautiful city of light. They’re cities in fear.”

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And on the refugee situation, Trump said what’s happening in Europe could very well occur in America.

“They’re coming into our country, they’re coming in by the thousands. … We better get smart and we better get smart fast,” Trump said. “We are allowing thousands and thousands of people to come into our country, and we don’t even know who they are. I’m not going to allow that. … I’m not going to allow them to come in. … They’re not assimilating into society … and we have to be very careful, we have to be very vigilant.”

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Trump has fielded considerable fire in the past for his previous statements on immigration, and the need to crack down on border security. As widely reported on numerous occasions, Trump has pledged, if elected to the presidency, to build a border wall, make Mexico pay for it, and to halt immigration of Muslims for an unspecified period in order to give border security time to catch up with applications and discern the nature and backgrounds of those coming into America.

For that, he’s been condemned by the likes of the New York Times and other media outlets and political foes as racist and radical.

“The New York Times has no clue what’s going on in the real world,” Trump said on Tuesday. “The fact is we have a situation world-wide that’s out of control. I’ve been saying it for a long time. … Of course I’m right [about ISIS]. … We better get smart and we better get smart fast.”

Trump also said the incident shows why the U.S. should be wary of Middle Easterners.

“Frankly, we’re having problems with the Muslims,” he later told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.

“These attacks are not done by Swedish people. That I can tell you. We have to be smart. We have to look at the mosques and study what’s going on. There is a sick problem going on.”

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