During a heated interview with CNN’s anchor Chris Cuomo, Tuesday morning, U.S. Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, was called out on his notions of temporarily banning Muslim immigration to the United States as “exempting an entire class of people.”
“Make the system better,” Cuomo told Trump during the interview. “But what tears at America’s fabric more than rejecting an entire faith in the land of religious freedom?”
The billionaire businessman defended his claims to Cuomo saying it’s a “common sense” approach in order to avoid a situation like Paris happening in the U.S.
“We don’t want to have another World Trade Center,” he said.
Trump added that his claims are no different than those policies implemented by former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt against people of Japanese during World War Two, saying Roosevelt’s polices were much worse.
“We have people out there that want our buildings to come down. They want our cities to be crushed,” Trump said. “They are living within our country. And many of them want to come from outside our country.”
“We’re at war. Get it through your head, Chris.”
Cuomo repeatedly challenged Trump’s plan to pause Muslim immigration as one that rejects American values, pointing out that even Trump’s own Republican party leaders have moved against him following his claims.
“I don’t care about them,” Trump told Cuomo.
“There’s no problem. I’m just doing the right thing,” he added.
Trump further claimed that it’s “almost impossible” for a Christian in Syria to come into the U.S. compared to a Muslim, which Cuomo told him was not true.
Cuomo added that the poll data reflects “a responsibility” on Trump because it shows people are actually listening to him.