Donald Trump said Monday that Islamic terrorists are waging ‘an absolute war’ on America, and the U.S. needs more robust intelligence-gathering abilities – beginning with ‘looking at the mosques’ where some terrorists and would-be terrorists are radicalized.
‘There’s never been anything to this extent where we have people – we don’t know who they are,’ the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting said on the ‘Fox & Friends’ program.
‘It’s absolute war, but we don’t have uniforms,’ he said, previewing a policy speech planned for New Hampshire in the afternoon.
The United States, he said, should dramatically ramp up a domestic intelligence operation aimed at rooting out radicals in America’s Muslim communities, including the houses of worship that sometimes double as terrorism organizing spaces.
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We have to be very strong in terms of looking at the mosques,’ he said, while complaining that ‘a lot of people say, “Oh, we don’t want to do that, Oh, we don’t want to do that”.’
‘We’re beyond that,’ Trump declared.
A lone gunman who swore allegiance to the ISIS terror army opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Saturday night, killing 49 people and wounding dozens of others.
‘That man yesterday was sick with hate,’ Trump said. ‘You have many, many people, thousands of people already in our country that are sick with hate.’
‘And people that are around, Muslims, know who they are largely. They know who they are. They have to turn them in.’
‘We’re not getting the right intelligence,’ he said.
‘We need a stronger intelligence community. And the only way we can do that in this case, having to do with radical Islamic terror, and that’s the point. Obama won’t do that because he doesn’t want to single out this group.’
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