Trump said Thursday that allowing in Syrians fleeing the conflict in Syria could be a bad “act.”
“It’s not a good idea to allow Syrian refugees into the United States.
You can’t get into this country.
They’re very dangerous,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“They’re bad people.”
He added that he did not think the president would get a “tough” response from Congress for allowing Syrians into the country, and said he did “not have a good sense” of what Congress was doing on the issue.
“I don’t know that they’re going to be tough,” Trump said.
“It may take a little bit of time.
It’s a tough question.
In the weeks leading up to the election, Trump had repeatedly said that he would accept Syrian refugees. “
But if I do see them, I’ll be there.”
In the weeks leading up to the election, Trump had repeatedly said that he would accept Syrian refugees.
He also made several statements in support of allowing refugees into this nation, including on Monday in an interview with Fox News.
In the interview, Trump was asked by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly if he would consider a temporary pause on the refugee admissions program.
“No, I don�t want to,” Trump replied.
“We have to look at this from a humanitarian standpoint.
We have to be compassionate, but I don`t want people coming into our country who are going to kill us.”
Trump’s position on Syrian refugees has evolved in recent days.
On Monday, Trump tweeted that he was not “saying that we should accept Syrian Muslims” and said that the U.S. had a “very good chance” of being able to control the influx of refugees from Syria.
On Tuesday, he again backed away from that position, saying that it was “wrong” to accept Syrian citizens.
In a statement Wednesday, Trump said he was “not sure” whether the president will be open to Syrian refugees, and “the truth is that we have to decide whether it�s good or bad for America.”
“I think we have a very good chance of controlling the influx,” he said.
Trump also said he wanted to be clear about the fact that the United State had to be responsible for ensuring that the vetting process for refugees is thorough.
“If we don�s not vetting thoroughly, if we don’t have a vetting process, then we�re letting the bad people in,” he told reporters.
“There are very good people coming in.
We need to vet them and make sure they are not the terrorists. And that�s why we need to have a strong vetting process.”