Trump doubles down on immigration ban following shooting

Donald Trump vows to impose broad ban on immigration, suggests U.S. Muslims hide info on potential terrorist plots

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. Trump attacked Hilary Clinton by name in his speech in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting. Clinton did not mention Trump by name in her speech an hour earlier. During the national security speech, Trump repeatedly criticized Clinton's immigration plan, her attempts to tighten the nation's gun control laws and for not using the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" when describing recent attackers. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump vowed Monday to impose a broad ban on immigration from areas of the world with a history of terrorism and suggested some Muslims in the United States are turning a blind eye to unfolding plots, as he outlined an aggressive response to the deadly attack in Orlando.

Hillary Clinton, Trump’s presidential rival, was more measured in her own remarks, warning that demonizing all Muslims for the actions of a few would only benefit extremist groups. She pointedly blamed American partners in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar – for not stopping terror funding emanating from their countries and called for tougher gun control legislation in the U.S., including outlawing assault weapons like one used by the Orlando shooter.

“I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets,” Clinton said. Though she drew implicit contrasts with Trump, she never mentioned him by name, saying “Today is not a day for politics.”

Trump clearly disagreed, criticizing Clinton harshly and often.

The two candidates’ dramatically different proposals – as well as their contrasting styles – underscored the clear choice Americans face in the November election. Democrat Clinton’s vision builds on President Barack Obama’s campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and expands on his gun control executive orders, while Republican Trump is calling for a drastically different national security posture.

Though the Orlando shooter was born in the U.S., Trump continued to propose sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration rules as the cornerstone of his anti-terror plan.

He redoubled his previous call for a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the U.S., saying that policy would stay in place until the government can “properly and perfectly” screen immigrants. Going further, he also said he would use presidential discretion to “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there’s a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe and our allies.”

The businessman did not specify what countries would be affected or whether the suspension would apply regardless of religion. Trump’s campaign did not respond to multiple requests to clarify whether his new language would replace the proposed Muslim ban and whether it would apply to potential immigrants from countries like Ireland, Israel and Belgium that have faced attacks.

Clinton said such proposals would only make it more difficult for law enforcement to work with Muslim communities.

“Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and threatening to ban the families and friends of Muslim Americans, as well as millions of Muslim business people and tourists from entering our country, hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror,” she said.

Trump pledged to protect all Americans “wherever they come from, wherever they were born.” But he repeatedly referred to Muslims in a negative context.

The Orlando shooter – 29-year-old Omar Mateen – was born in the United States, but Trump noted he was “born to Afghan parents who immigrated to the United States.” He said Muslim communities must turn over to law enforcement “people who they know are bad,” adding “they do know where they are.”

He also said gays and lesbians are often discriminated against in the Muslim world, and said Clinton could not claim to be an ally of the LGBT community if she supports immigration from such countries.

“Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community: Donald Trump with actions, or Hillary Clinton with her words?” Trump said. However, the businessman has said he opposes gay marriage – the official position of the Republican Party – while Clinton and Democrats back same-sex unions.

The Republican did not repeat suggestions he’d made in earlier television interviews that Obama may not be taking tougher action against terrorism because he may sympathize with the perpetrators.

“He doesn’t get it or, or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Trump said on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends.” ”It’s one or the other. And either one is unacceptable.“

Clinton said her anti-terror efforts would centre on identifying “lone wolf” attackers – those who may be radicalized but not connected to a broader network or carrying out plans on behalf of any group. Obama said Monday that the Orlando attacker appeared to fall into that category.

Clinton also reiterated her call for tougher gun control measures, a policy proposal that has been a centerpiece of her presidential campaign. In addition to her support for an assault weapons ban, she also said Americans should be able to agree that “if the FBI is watching you for a suspected terrorist link, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked.”

The FBI said Mateen had twice come to its attention, but the investigations did not reveal any definitive links to terror groups or plots. Mateen purchased at least two firearms legally within the past week or so, according to federal authorities.


Trump doubles down on immigration ban following shooting

  1. Hillary and Obama have been in power for 8 years now and they have to ask the question; how does a person who is under FBI surveillance walk into a gun shop and buy an assault rifle, maybe should look inwards and see for themselves what they could have done better. As pain full as it is to admit their efforts have been anemic and that maybe Mr Trump has a better plan, the Democrats would never admit that. I was surprised by Obama’s oration that dragged on for over an hour about what he always wanted to do to prevent this sort of thing, well Mr Toothless your time is done now we’ll hand things over to Donald!

    • Nice of you to blame the president who brought forth legislation again and again, to have it blown out of the water by the GOP, to ignore who is to blame. Seriously, the GOP have done everything in their power to make sure that ANYTHING that was proposed by the democrats be blown out of the water. They were not trying to help the US public but their own political agenda. You should be angry and ashamed at the GOP. There is only so much any president can do when faced with a stone wall. The expression “cutting off your nose to spite your face” comes to mind. Damn the best interest of the country, let’s simply vote against anything proposed. What amazes me is that the US public cannot see how sad this is. This is like watching the downfall of the Roman Empire. You are imploding as a nation and it is painful to watch the citizens do nothing to stop the slow slide into mediocrity.

    • With the Senate firmly held by a majority of Republicans and the House close to being the same, plus the obscene amounts of money paid to many, many congressmen of both parties by the NRA, various gun and ammunition manufacturers, etc to refuse ANY CHANGE WHATSOEVER to the gun laws, you must realize that as it stands now and has for over 8 years, with the House Republicans having sworn to pass NO laws of Obama’s, that what you anemic efforts by the Democrats is totally erroneous.

      What should be made public and published for all to see, are the names of all Congressmen/women and Senators who so willingly promise their allegiance for the infusion of money contrary to the wishes and demands of the MAJORITY of their citizens who clearly want changes to the current gun laws, including a ban on assault rifles and any weaponry that is designed to be used by military only.

      As an aside, you might want to familiarize yourself with Florida’s gun laws – some of the laxest in the US.

    • From earlier posted article – please note how the Republican-dominated Senate voted down a sensible gun law just this past December:

      “The FBI investigated Mateen twice for potential ties to terrorism – neither incident resulted in charges, and after the investigations were closed, Mateen’s name was removed from a terror watch list.

      But even if he had remained on the FBI’s list, that would not have necessarily prevented him from purchasing the weapons he used in Sunday’s attack. A federal law that would “deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licences to known or suspected dangerous terrorists” failed in the US Senate in December 2015.”

  2. Trump only talks about banning Muslims when the shooter of these massacres happens to be an extremist as in the San Bernardino shooting and now in Orlando. That is not going to solve anything and why do the sheep that follow Trump realize that?? Both shooters were American citizens. American citizens kill each other each and every day! There were 23 people killed by toddlers in the US. The Boston Marathon bomber was a US citizen as was the killer at Sandy Hook. Until such time that the American people realize that the easy access to assault rifles in the wrong hands is the problem, then these mass shootings will continue.

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