“Washington, D.C. – A day after saying the U.S. should accept more Syrian refugees, Donald Trump seemed to back track on the idea Wednesday. Following Trump’s appearance at a Capitol Hill rally criticizing the Iran nuclear agreement, CNN asked him if the U.S. should welcome refugees fleeing a war-torn Syria.
“But Trump suggested that the U.S. should focus on other issues, including the country’s finances. “We have our own problems, we have very big problems between our own borders and our infrastructure and everything else,” Trump said. “We have some very big problems. We have to solve our problems and we’d better do it fast. We owe 19 trillion dollars.”
In his own style, the real estate magnate then suggested a familiar solution to the refugee problem, one that he has been advocating for some time now – building a wall. However, he added to the punch by advising that this new wall be located “right at the source of the problem.”
“The problem with the world today is that everybody is used to America fixing everything and making it better. That’s what we’ve been doing ever since World War II and we have entire generations of people around the world who grew up watching us make peace everywhere. So today, they’re expecting us to do the same once again with the war in Syria,” Trump told Newslo.
He continued: “However, while I do agree that we have to work much harder these days, and in general, I do not believe the Syrian refugee problem is a U.S. problem. I think it is primarily the problem of Syria, Turkey and then the EU. I mean, you’ve got people in Europe who are already building walls to keep their own countries refugee-free, like Hungary and Bulgaria, but the source of the whole situation is still without a solution. That is where the problem has to be solved, it’s like weed, you have to nip it in the bud.”
Asked what the best solution would be in his opinion, the former reality host reacted as if that was the question he’d been waiting for during the entire interview: “Well, I think people pretty much realize by now how my mind works. The way I see it, Turkey is the first line of defense, and not just geographically speaking. But, while we’re on the subject of geography, I believe that the Turkish government should take a page from my book a build a wall along its border with Syria. That’s the simplest, yet most effective solution.”
And when Newslo’s reporter asked Trump whether Syria should be forced to pay for that wall, in accordance with Trump’s comments that he would, as president, force Mexico to pay for such a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, he nonchalantly said: “Well, they’re the ones who caused this whole situation, aren’t they? If they had had the power to prevent war in their own country, none of this would have happened. So, it’s only right they should suffer the consequences, just like Mexico.”