Donald Trump sent out an alarming tweet on Thursday questioning President Barack Obama's mental health due to his refusal to ban flights to and from Ebola-stricken West Africa — and the billionaire developer tells Newsmax TV
he's standing by that assessment.
"There's something wrong and nobody knows what it is but there's something wrong," Trump said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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"There's so many bad decisions. Can anybody be that incompetent? There's something wrong, there's something going on."
Trump took to Twitter to express his alarm over the United States continuing to allow international flights to and from West Africa, the so-called "ground zero" of the Ebola crisis. One Ebola victim has died and two nurses have been infected in Dallas.
Trump told Steve Malzberg that as a dealmaker who has made billions of dollars, he has a great understanding of what makes people tick.
"I always understand the other side. If you take a look at the whole thing about stopping the flights, I don't understand that. I mean I don't understand," Trump said.
"How could you not, not stop the flights? Even in Africa they're not allowing the people from West Africa to come in.... How can you allow people [in] that could be very, very sick, especially when you see what just one or two or three people have done in Dallas? I mean, it's like bedlam."
Trump said Obama's entire presidency has been rife with mistakes.
"Every decision this country has made is wrong. Everything's wrong. Everything is going wrong for the United States. When was the last time you heard something good about the United States? You don't hear it. China just took over as the great economic power … this was unthinkable," he said.
"But when you think of what's going on with Ebola, where we allow people that can be very, very sick and affect our entire population to be able to come into this country, there's definitely something wrong."
"He's either incompetent, he's very stubborn, or there's something wrong."
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Trump also criticized CDC Chief Dr. Thomas Freidan, whom he believes is taking orders directly from the president.
"He sounds like the most confused, disoriented man I think I've ever heard speak. He is just crazy.... He must be told by Obama that we're going to keep these paths open to the United States," Trump said.
"We have hundreds of people coming in a day from West Africa that could very well have Ebola and we just let them come in and he's trying to make an excuse like that's safer than keeping them out.
"It is the craziest thing I've ever heard and everybody agrees.... It almost sounds to me like he's being told that this is the way it's going to be and he's trying to make this excuse. It is just ridiculous."
Nearly every African nation — along with Colombia and the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia — has instituted travel bans on West African countries with significant Ebola outbreaks, and there is mounting pressure on the U.S. and the West to do the same.
Trump said he is surprised that airline employees don't just flatly refuse to work on flights leaving or headed to West Africa.
"Where are the airline flight attendants or the pilots? Why are they agreeing to take these people? This is such a problem. You see what happened in Dallas.... It's total bedlam," he said.
"The whole thing is crazy and it all started with somebody that came in from West Africa. They should absolutely stop the flights."
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