Donald Trump Would Shut Borders in Case of US Attack, Calls for Surveillance of Muslims, Advocates Waterboarding

March 22, 2016 Updated: March 22, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for America to shut its borders following the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, which left dozens dead and dozens more wounded.

Multiple explosions rocked the Belgium capital, at the airport and on the subway system.

Shortly after the news broke and harrowing images and footage emerged, Trump took to Twitter to write: “Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!”

Trump was later interviewed on Fox News, saying the U.S. needs to “shut the borders.”

Repeating himself during another interview, with Today, he said he’s a firm believer in using torture to get information from terrorists behind attacks like the ones in Brussels and Paris, adding: “Waterboarding is fine.”

And during a call-in to Mornings with Marie Bartiromo, Trump emphasized that the United States must be able to surveil Muslims in this country, particularly at mosques, to prevent terror attacks. 

We don’t know where they’re from, who they are. They could be ISIS. They could be ISIS related. We just don’t learn.
— Donald Trump

If such an attack did happen, Trump explained what he would do.

“Well I think I’ve said it. I would close up our borders until we figure out what is going on,” he said. 

“Look at Brussels, look at Paris, look at so many cities that were great cities. Paris is almost as bad. Paris is no longer the City of Lights, Paris has a lot of problems. All you have to do is speak to the people who live there where the same thing has happened and they are in fear. The city is in fear. And we have to be smart in the United States.”

Trump said the problems stem from gaps in vetting immigrants, saying that the U.S. is currently “taking in people without any real documentation.”

“We don’t know where they’re from, who they are. They could be ISIS. They could be ISIS related. We just don’t learn.”

Trump earlier this year called Brussels a “hellhole,” noting that it seemed to be swarming with militants.

He elaborated on his thoughts while appearing on Today.

“Well first of all this is a subject that is very dear and near to my heart because I have certainly been talking about it much more than anybody else, it’s why I’m probably number one in the polls because I say we have to have strong borders,” said Trump.

“We have to be very vigilant and careful who we let into our country. I know Brussels well and Brussels is a total mess, and I’m not talking about the attack today. I’m talking about, generally speaking, it is a city that used to be one of the finest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and now its a catastrophic and very dangerous city where the police have very little control.”