Trump: 'We Will Build Safe Havens Over in Syria'

By Susan Jones | July 25, 2016 | 7:31am EDT
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with Chuck Todd, host of "Meet the Press." Trump was interviewed Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The show aired on Sunday, July 24. (Screen grab from NBC)

( - "I would stop the Syrian migration and the Syrians from coming into this country in two seconds," Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"There is no way that you can vet some of these people. There is no way," Trump said.

"You realize some of these folks have nowhere to go?" Chuck Todd asked Trump. "They are truly victims of this civil war. What do you do with them?"

"We will help them and we will build safe havens over in Syria, and we will get...Gulf states to pay for it because we right now have -- we're going to have $21 trillion very soon -- trillion -- in debt. We will do safe havens and safe zones in Syria and we will get nations that are so wealthy, that are not doing anything, they are not doing much, they have nothing but money.

"And you know who I'm talking about, the Gulf states, and we will get them to pay for it. We would lead it. I don't want to pay because our country is going down the tubes. We owe too much money."

Trump's Democrat rival Hillary Clinton also has called for safe zones and no-fly zones in Syria.

In an interview with a Boston television station last October, Clinton said, "I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air, to try to provide some way to take stock of what’s happening, to try to stem the flow of refugees."

And later, at one of the Democrat debates, Clinton said, "I do still support a no-fly zone because I think we need to put in safe havens for those poor Syrians who are fleeing both Assad and ISIS and so they have some place they can be safe."

The Obama White House says enforcing a no-fly or safe zone would divert air power that is better used in fighting Islamic State terrorists.

Todd also asked Trump if he is pulling back from his plan to ban Muslim immigration:

"I actually don't think it's a pullback. In fact, you could say it's an expansion," Trump said.

"I'm looking now at terrorists. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can't use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I'm OK with that because I'm talking territory instead of Muslim. But just remember this, our Constitution is great. But it doesn't necessarily give us the right to commit suicide, OK?

"Now we have a religious, you know, everybody wants to be protected and that's great and that's a wonderful part of our Constitution. I view it differently. Why are we committing suicide? Why are we doing that? But you know what, I live with our Constitution. I love our Constitution. I cherish our Constitution."

Trump said his proposed immigration ban focuses more on territory than it does on a person's religion: "We're making it territorial. We have nations and we'll come out -- I'm going to be coming out over the next few weeks with a number of the places. And it's very complex. He noted that both Germany and France have problems with terrorism.

"It's their own fault because they've allowed people over years to come into their territory and that's why Brexit happened, OK, because the U.K. is saying we're tired of this stuff. What's going on, we're tired of."

Trump called for "extreme vetting" of people coming from countries with terrorism problems. "We're going to have tough standards. And if a person can't prove that they're from an area and if a person can't prove what they have to be able to prove, they are not coming into this country.

"And I would stop the Syrian migration and the Syrian from coming into this country in two seconds. Hillary Clinton wants to take 550 percent more people coming in from that area than Barack Obama. I think she's crazy. I think she's crazy.

"We have no idea who these people are for the most part and you know because...I've seen them on different shows but, more importantly, I've read about it, I study it. There is no way that you can vet some of these people. There is no way. Law enforcement officials, I've had them in my office, I've talked to them."

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