Posted on March 22, 2016

Donald Trump on Brussels Attacks: ‘I Would Close up Our Borders’

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News, March 22, 2016

U.S. presidential candidates were quick to react to the deadly attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. {snip}

“I would close up our borders,” Trump said on Fox News. “We are taking in people without real documentation. We don’t know where they’re from or who they are.

“We have to be very, very vigilant with who we let into this country,” he continued. “Brussels is a great example. 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 just a disaster.”

The Republican frontrunner, who had called for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States last year following the terror attacks in Paris, reiterated his vow that if elected president, the United States would bring back waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists.

“I would use waterboarding,” Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “And I would try to expand the laws to go beyond waterboarding.”


[Hillary] Clinton said Trump’s call for the military to bring back waterboarding is dangerous.

“Torture’s not effective,” she said. “That’s like an open recruitment poster for terrorists.”

Clinton also dismissed Trump’s call for the United States to close its borders.

“That shows a lack of understanding for how our system does work,” she said.


[Editor’s Note: In comments elsewhere, Trump said, “Frankly, we’re having problems with the Muslims . . . 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.”]