Donald Trump said Wednesday morning he did not know about a British man's alleged plans to kill him in Las Vegas last week until he saw the news on television.
"They didn't tell me about it, and probably they're better off not telling me about it," the presumptive GOP nominee told Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo
during an interview on her early morning program.
"But I learned about it watching television, and I can tell you this: we have tremendous Secret Service and we have tremendous police throughout this country, and I think they did a fantastic job."
Over the weekend, the man, 19-year-old Michael Steven Sandford
, a British national was arrested at the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas after trying to wrestle a gun away from a police officer during a Trump rally.
According to court papers filed Monday in federal court, Sandford told a Secret Service agent he had driven to Las Vegas from California with the goal of shooting Trump.
"The policeman whose gun was tried to be stolen by this maniac, was really fantastic," Trump told Bartiromo. "Also, the police have done a great job, and Secret Service, these people are great. They don't get the kind of credit they deserve.
"I deal with them all the time. I see them, I watch them, I know them and they're terrific, terrific people."
Sandford was in the United States illegally,
after coming to the country 18 months ago to live with a girl in Hoboken, New Jersey and overstaying his visa, and Trump, who has made illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, told Bartiromo that such events are what's happening.
"I mean, we have no law, we have no order when it comes to many things," said Trump. "Overstaying visas is a whole part of it . . . We have no idea who's in our country. You're going to have a very rude awakening one day in this country. We have no idea who's in our country. "
Trump, just hours before a major speech in New York against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, also laid into an attack on the former secretary of State and how the mainstream media covers her.
"She has done a terrible job," Trump said. "She's a known liar. What she's said about email servers and the landings under fire, if you remember the landing under fire, she made it up, frankly [NBC's] Brian Williams resigned in disgrace for much less than that."
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