Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump doubled down on his calls to prevent Muslims from entering the U.S. in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
“The only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here. That is a fact,” Trump said in a speech Monday. “And that is a fact we need to talk about.”
Trump said he would temporarily suspend Muslim immigration into the U.S. from any region of the world where there “is a proven history” of radicalism. He said he would develop policies of “responsible immigration” to stop Muslims from “pouring in” to the country.
The presidential candidate spoke Monday as details were still unfolding in the investigation into Sunday’s shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead. Police have identified the shooter as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who was born in New York. His family came to the U.S. from Afghanistan, and there are reports that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State as he staged the attack.
“We’re not acting clearly. We’re not talking clearly. We’ve got problems,” Trump said of current U.S. immigration policy. “If we don’t get tough and if we don’t get smart and fast we’re not going to have our country anymore. There will be nothing, absolutely nothing left. “
The Republican presidential candidate said it was “not complicated” to stop large pockets of radicalized Muslims from forming in the U.S.
“We must find out what is going on. We have to do it,” Trump said. “I refuse to be politically correct.”