Donald Trump will deport Syrian refugees if he becomes President because those fleeing war and persecution "could be Isis".
The outspoken business magnate and Republican frontrunner suggested refugees could be members of the terror group in a “tactical ploy” during a rambling, hour long speech at a rally in Keene, in New Hampshire.
The conflict in Syria has displaced almost eight million people internally and four million people internationally, leaving Europe facing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. The US has taken in 1,500 refugees so far.
President Obama initially responded to the escalating humanitarian disaster by committing to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees with the next year.
In a characteristically lively address, Trump laid out his own polar opposite approach, criticising the recent announcement from John Kerry that the US would accept 100,000 refugees from around the world a year by 2017.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
He told the audience: “The other day I heard 200,000 - we’re gonna take in 200,000 Syrians. Or wherever they come from, we have no idea.
“I’ll tell you right now, and I’m putting everyone on notice, I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they're going back. I’m telling you, they’re going back.
“They could be Isis, I don't know. This could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time. A 200,000-man army, maybe. That could be possible.”
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