Donald Trump told CBS News on Tuesday
he would welcome Muslims into his administration, but defended his actions when a man at a New Hampshire town hall
last week spoke out against them.
"You let that pass. And I wonder what that tells us about you," asked "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelly in an interview set to air in full on "60 Minutes" on Sunday.
"He then went on to say other things," Trump insisted.
"But the bigotry part," Pelley said.
Trump said that the overall question was about President Barack Obama, and that lots of people in the audience agreed with the man.
"It was a testing moment for a man running for president," Pelley said. "You never know when they're coming, questions. Here you had a bigot that you could have slapped down."
"You don't know that," Trump shot back. "I mean, he asked a question. You don't know that he was a bigot."
"A problem in this county is Muslims?" Pelley asked.
Trump said that he has many Muslim friends, but that there is no denying that there are radical elements, including the attackers on September 11.
"Now, we can say there are no problems with the Muslims, there is no terrorism, there's no anything. They didn't knock down the World Trade Center," Trump said. "To the best of my knowledge, the people that knocked down the World Trade Center, you know where are they from. They didn't fly back to Sweden."
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