Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump has again stoked controversy. He called for vigilance on Muslims and mosques in the US, a day after an Afghan-origin gunman killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in the deadliest shooting in American history.
“We need much better intelligence gathering information. We need intelligence gathering centres, because the people in the communities where these people are, they know there’s something off. They know there’s something going on,” Trump said.
“We need intelligence gathering. We have to look at the mosques. We have to look at the community. And believe me, the community knows the people that have potential for blow up,” he added.
Earlier too Trump has made controversial statements like advocating a ban on Muslim immigrants.
Trump also defended his view on right to carry fire arms.
“If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had,” he said.
“If people in that room had guns with the bullets flying in the opposite direction right at him… right at his head, you wouldn’t have had the same tragedy that you ended up having. And nobody even knows how bad that tragedy is, because I think probably the numbers will get bigger and bigger and worse and worse. I hear the injured are so gravely injured,” he said.
Trump also said the US immigration system failed to check radical Islamists from entering the country.
“We need to tell the truth, also, about how radical Islam is coming to our shores. We are importing radical Islamic terrorism into the West through a failed immigration system — and through an intelligence community held back by our president,” Trump warned as he ramped up his rhetoric for a ban on Muslims entering the country.
In his speech in New Hampshire, Trump reiterated call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US and said that the Afghan family of the Orlando Shooter should not have been allowed to enter America.
“We have a dysfunctional immigration system which does not permit us to know who we let into our country, and it does not permit us to protect our citizens. We have an incompetent administration, and if I am not elected President, that will not change over the next four years — but it must change, and it must change now,” he said.
“All of the September 11 hijackers were issued visas. Large numbers of Somali refugees in Minnesota have tried to join the ISIS. The Boston bombers came here through political asylum,” Trump said in his speech.
(With inputs from agencies)