Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday he would “absolutely” close down some mosques in order to fight Islamic State militants in the United States if it is legally possible.
He made his remarks in response to a question posed by Fox Business host Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co,” as to whether the real estate mogul would consider emulating some of the British proposals for countering extremism.
“They’ve got a whole new series of proposals to deal with this, including withdrawal of passports from some of these people who’ve gone over just to fight–”
Absolutely. Good, good,” Trump said.
“…and closing some mosques,” he continued. “Would you do the same thing in America?”
“I would do that,” Trump responded. “Absolutely, I think it’s great.”
“Can you do it?” pressed Varney. “Can you close a mosque? We do have religious freedom.”
“Well, I don’t know,” Trump admitted. “I mean, I haven’t heard about the closing of the mosque. It depends, if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear, I don’t know. You’re going to have to certainly look at it.”
Watch the clip, via Fox Business News.
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@Newsmax_Media yes. Thank you.
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Mosques may be closed to prevent extremism in the UK
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