US Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has warned that people from countries such as France, which he says are compromised by terrorism, may be subjected to “extreme vetting” to deter attacks in the US.
When asked if few people from overseas would be allowed into the US, Mr Trump said: “Maybe we get to that point”.
He added, in the interview on NBC’s Meet The Press: “We have to be smart and we have to be vigilant and we have to be strong.”
For months, Mr Trump has been calling for a temporary ban on foreign Muslims seeking to enter the United States, and has criticised the Obama administration for continuing to admit refugees from Syria.
On Thursday night, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr Trump said the US “must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism, until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place”, but he didn’t refer to Muslims or to Syria, Iraq, and other Middle East nations.
Mr Trump noted “specific problems” in Germany and France — both countries have been rocked by fatal attacks in public places in recent weeks.
Meet The Press’s host, Chuck Todd, asked Trump if his proposal would limit immigration from France, adding: “They’ve been compromised by terrorism.”
Mr Trump replied: “They have totally been. And you know why? It’s their own fault. Because they allowed people to come into their territory.”
He then called for “extreme vetting” and said: “We have to have tough, we’re going to have tough standards. If a person can’t prove what they have to be able to prove, they’re not coming into this country.”
Mr Trump also took issue with descriptions of his convention speech as “dark”. He said: “It was an optimistic speech.”
The White House candidate also defended Roger Ailes, the founder of US TV network, Fox News, who has resigned amid accusations of sexual harassment.
Mr Trump described Mr Ailes as a long-time friend and said “some of the women” complaining about him had been helped by Ailes in the past and had earlier said good things about him.
“It’s very sad,” Mr Trump said. “Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person.”
Meanwhile, one of Trump’s most outspoken opponents, Michael Moore, conceded that Trump was likely to win the election, following the Republican convention last week.
“I’m sorry I have to be the buzzkill here, so early on,” Moore began, “but I think Trump is going to win. I’m sorry.”
“On election morning, the angry white male voters — white men over 35 are only 19% of the country, but that’s 40m voters — and I’m telling you, they are going to be out there, rabid, excited [to vote].”
“It might have sounded crazy to us,” the Bowling for Columbine director said, “but, to millions and millions of Americans, this was music to their ears.
"One of the things I’ve been concerned about this week is that ... we’ve been sitting in our bubble, having a good laugh at this total, as you said, s---show, but the truth is this plays to a lot of people that [Trump] has to win to become the next president.”
Moore’s concession follows months of campaigning against the real-estate mogul.
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