Trump: ‘I Want Surveillance Of Certain Mosques, Okay?’
The Donald also doubled down on his call for a Muslim database, but still insists on surveillance.
He once again addressed the issue during a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, Saturday afternoon, telling a crowd in a rambling speech that reports on his previous statements were inaccurate.
“I do want surveillance. I will absolutely take database on the people coming in from Syria if we can’t stop it, but we’re going to,” he told the crowd.
Trump also voiced support for additional surveillance, both of arriving refugees and certain mosques.
“So here’s the story just to set it clear: I want surveillance of these people. I want surveillance if we have to and I don’t care,” said Trump. “I want surveillance of certain mosques, OK. If that’s OK? I want surveillance. And you know what? We’ve had it before and we’ll have it again.”
Trump has also voiced support for closing certain mosques as a way to contain the terrorist threat in the U.S.
But Trump’s remarks on Saturday — interrupted by his criticism of the press and comments on his appearance on Saturday Night Live — left room for interpretation. He recounted his conversation with NBC:
“So the database, I said, ‘Yeah, that’s allright, fine.’ But they also said the wall and I said the wall and I was referring to the wall. But database is OK and watch lists is OK and surveillance is OK… I want surveillance of these people that are coming in, the Trojan horse. I want to know who the hell they are.”