Trump: 'What I Won't Do Is Take in 200,000 Syrians Who Could Be ISIS'

By Susan Jones | October 12, 2015 | 6:37am EDT
Republican Donald Trump has endorsed a no-fly "safe" zone in Syria. (AP File Photo)

( - Republican Donald Trump endorsed a "safe zone," or no-fly zone, for Syrian war refugees on Sunday.

"I love a safe zone for people. I do not like the migration. I do not like the people coming," Trump told CBS's "Face the Nation" with John Dickerson.

Trump said he would contribute money to establish a safe zone in Syria. "What I won't do is take in 200,000 Syrians who could be ISIS," he added.

"John, I have been watching this migration. And I see the people. I mean, they're men. They're mostly men, and they're strong men. These are physically young, strong men. They look like prime-time soldiers. Now, it's probably not true, but where are the women?

"You see some women. You see some children. But for the most part, I'm looking at these strong men. So, you ask two things. Number one, why aren't they fighting for their country? And, number two, I don't want these people coming over here.

"And even on a humanitarian -- when I was first asked this question -- you asked it to me a long time ago -- when they were talking about 3,000 people (coming to the U.S.), I begrudgingly would say, oh, maybe, I don't know. Maybe...Then they said 10,000. I'm not thrilled, but maybe.

"Two hundred thousand people? This could be the greatest Trojan horse. This could make the Trojan horse look like peanuts if these people turned out to be a lot of ISIS."

Trump predicted that riots will erupt in Germany, given its willingness to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa: What's happening in Germany, I always thought (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel was like this great leader. What she's done in Germany is insane. It is insane. They're having all sorts of attacks.

"What they should do is, the countries should all get together, including the Gulf states, who have nothing but money, they should all get together and they should take a big swathe of land in Syria and they do do a safe zone for people, so that they could have a safe -- where they could go to live, and then ultimately go back to their country, go back to where they came from."

The Obama administration says it will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States in fiscal year 2016.

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