New York businessman and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told CBS’ Face the Nation host John Dickerson Sunday U.S. law enforcement should consider profiling to identify potential threats to national security.
Asked by Dickerson if there should be “increased profiling of Muslims in America,” Trump replied:
“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country. You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it and they do it successfully. And you know, I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense.”
Trump’s comments follow American-born radical Muslim Omar Mateen’s mass murder at an Orlando, FL, nightclub, which took the lives of 49 clubgoers and are consistent with statements the New York real estate mogul made in December 2015, after two radicalized Muslims massacred 14 in San Bernardino, CA.
Authorities question a direct link between Mateen and ISIS, although they do suspect Mateen was inspired by ISIS ideology and may have been influenced by the radical group online.
Pointing to Mateen’s “red flags”, one being that he was questioned by the FBI, Trump also underlined success European nations have in utilizing profiling, citing France’s program of surveillance of mosques. Trump added New York City once employed such a policy before Mayor Bill de Blasio shut down the program.
“If you go to France right now, they’re doing it in France. In fact, in some instances they’re closing down mosques,” Trump averred.
Although Trump expressed unease with specific targeting of individuals, he added: “It’s not the worst thing to do.”
Watch Trump’s full CBS interview below:
[Reuters] [CBS News]