Politics

In Wake Of Paris Attacks, Trump Says We Have To 'Watch And Study' Mosques

| by Sean Kelly

During an interview on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" on Nov. 16, Donald Trump called for the surveillance of mosques throughout the country following the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) claiming responsibility for the deadly attacks in Paris on Nov. 13.

“You're going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques,” Trump said on the show.

“And from what I heard, in the old days – meaning a while ago – we had great surveillance going on in and around mosques in New York City," he added. "I'm not sure it's a fact, but I heard that under the old regime we had tremendous surveillance going on in and around the mosques of New York City.”

Trump also said he would “strongly consider” shutting down certain mosques that had ties to extremism — as France announced it would be doing. 

“I would hate to do it, but it's something that you're going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred, the absolute hatred, is coming from these areas,” he said.

The Paris attacks have left 129 dead, and hundreds more injured, The Hill reports.

Sources: The Hill, MSNBC / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr