Trump: 'Build...Institutions for People That Are Sickos. We Have Sickos All Over the Place.'

By Susan Jones | January 4, 2016 | 6:56am EST
In this photo taken Dec. 29, 2015, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

( - Mental health is the problem, not guns, says Republican Donald Trump.

In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," Trump told host John Dickerson that the nation has "a tremendous mental health problem" that no one is addressing:

"And they should be looking at mental health. We should be build, like, institutions for people that are sickos. We have sickos all over the place. And that's the problem."

Trump said he would "definitely spend more money" on mental health issues.

"Here is the problem," he said. "The bad guys are always going to get the guns. You can have all the restrictions you want. But the bad guys are always going to have the guns."

Trump said he opposes President Obama's plan to issue new executive orders on guns:

"I don't like anything having to do with changing our Second Amendment," he said. "We have plenty of rules and regulations. There's plenty of things that they can do right now that are already there. They don't do them. We have a tremendous mental health problem. We're closing places all over the world. All over the country, they're closing. Nobody is doing anything about that.

"All they want to do is blame the guns. And it's not the gun that pulls the trigger. So, I don't like it. I don't like what he's doing."

Trump also said he opposes executive orders in general:

"Well, I don't like them. And our country wasn't based on executive orders. Nobody really knew that we even had an executive order, such a thing.

"It's supposed to be, you get along with Congress, and you cajole, and you go back and forth, and everybody gets in a room and we end up with deals. And there's compromise on lots of other things, but you end up with deals.

"Here's a guy just goes -- he's given up on the process and he just goes and signs executive orders on everything."

Trump said the one good thing about Obama's executive orders is that they can be rescinded -- "boom, first day, first hour, first minute" -- by the next president.

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