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Trump on Brussels Terror Attacks: 'I Would Close Up Our Borders'


By    |   Tuesday, 22 March 2016 08:19 AM

Donald Trump Tuesday, in the wake of horrific attacks in Brussels on Belgium's largest airport and on a subway station, commented that "waterboarding would be fine," as would other extreme interrogation techniques, when it comes to tracking down information on terror suspects.

"The laws are so liberal over there, they won't do that," the GOP presidential front-runner told NBC "Today" show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about Belgian officials who are holding suspected terrorist Salah Abdeslam in custody in connection with last November's attacks in Paris.

"But they should be able to do whatever they have to do to get him to give the information. The very sad thing is, he was being guarded and protected by people that were a few doors away from where he lived.

"They were protecting him, and they were guarding him. It was lucky they were able to find him. He was planning another attack. But they didn't find him because people turned him in. Those people were guarding him and protecting him. That's not supposed to be the way the system works."

And when asked to be more specific, Trump told Lauer and Guthrie that he wasn't "looking for breaking news" on his program, "but the waterboarding — if it was up to me, and if we changed the laws or have the laws — waterboarding would be fine . . . because we work within laws. They don't work within laws."

The United States, he said, works within laws, and "the waterboarding would be fine. If they can expand the laws, I would do more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from these people, and we have to be smart and be tough.

"We can't be soft and weak, which is what we are right now. When I say we, I'm talking about other countries, also."

Trump said he doesn't believe people who say such techniques don't work.

"They'll read him his rights," he said of Abdeslam. "He'll sit there with a good lawyer . . . 10 years will go by. By the time it goes by, he won't know anything because the world will have moved on to a worse place.

"I am in the camp where you have to get the information, and you have to get it rapidly."

Also in several other television interviews early Tuesday, Trump renewed his call for the United States to be "very vigilant as to who we allow into this country" in the wake of the horrific terror attacks at Belgium's largest airport, saying if he was president, he'd close up the nation's borders until "we figure out what's going on."

"Look at Brussels, look at Paris, look at so many cities that were great cities," said Trump in an interview with Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"Paris is no longer the beautiful city. Paris has lot of problems in it. All you have to do is speak to the people that live there and look at other places where the same thing has happened. They're in fear. The city is in fear. We have to be smart in the United States."

And people are coming into the United States without real documentation, he continued.

"We don't know where they're from, who they are," said Trump. "You look at them and look at them from any standpoint, they could be ISIS, they could be ISIS related. And, we just don't learn. We don't learn.

"I mean, Brussels is an amazing example. Brussels was absolutely a crime-free city, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And now you look at it, it's a disaster."

Earlier this year, The New York Times called Trump to task for calling Brussels a "hellhole," and the candidate on Tuesday slammed the paper and said "of course" he was right.

"Brussels is a disaster," he said. "Brussels is an armed camp. If you went into Brussels 20 years ago, it was like a magical city, and now you look at it, it's an armed camp."

Trump also called on the Muslim community to begin policing itself.

"Look at Brussels where this guy was being hidden by his friends, okay, his friends are holding him out," he said, referring to Salah Abdeslam.

"He's the most wanted man in the world. He's living right under their noses. The police don't want to go into the areas. They have no control over those areas. And we as a country have to learn what's going on. Frankly, those countries better get smart fast because they're disintegrating."

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