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Trump: NSA Errors 'Scary,' but Security Necessary

Monday, 19 Aug 2013 12:26 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump says it's "scary" that the National Security Agency is making errors in U.S. surveillance, yet maintains that a need exists for security.

"It's kind of scary when they say the NSA is making all these errors. I don't want people listening to me. I don't think you want people listening to you. At the same time, we do need protection," Trump said Monday on "Fox & Friends."

"People are very skeptical about our government. They're very skeptical about the way our country is run. It's not run well. But NSA is something we are going to need in some form," Trump said.

A recently leaked internal audit indicated that the NSA had 2,776 incidents of privacy violations in one year alone, according to the New York Times.

"There's a very, very fine line," Trump said. "They cannot abuse the system, and it sounds like they may have, to an extent."

Trump is also concerned that President Barack Obama is not being more vocal about the NSA controversy.

"The president really has backed away. He was very strong on it. Now he's backing away. People say, 'What's going on?' He's totally taken a back seat. That's very disconcerting," he said.

As for Republicans, Trump said there is division within the Republican party, particularly between the libertarian and establishment sections. Looking to the presidential election in 2016, he urged party members to unite.

"There's no question about it. There's a lot of division. And if the Republicans are going to win, they've got to stop the division," Trump said.

"Unless they get together, and unless things happen really for the better, the Republican party is going to have a hard time against Hillary. They're going to have a hard time. They need the perfect candidate," he said.


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