Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shared his thoughts on how Islam views the the West during a March 9 interview (video below).
“Do you think Islam is at war with the West?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Trump.
“I think Islam hates us,” Trump responded. “There’s something there — a tremendous hatred there — we have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.”
“In Islam itself,” Cooper interjected.
“You’re gonna have to figure that out,” Trump said.
During his campaign, Trump has said he wants to temporarily ban Muslims, who are followers of Islam, from entering the United States until stronger security measures and stricter vetting procedures of refugees are enacted.
In the interview, Trump reiterated his view that the country must be mindful of who it admits.
“We have to be very vigilant, we have to be very careful, and we can’t allow people coming in to this country who have this hatred of the United States, and of people that are not Muslim,” Trump said.
Cooper asked Trump to clarify whether the war with the West involves radical Islam or Islam itself; the GOP candidate said it is hard to separate the two.
“It’s radical,” Trump said. “But It’s very hard to define … to separate, because you don’t know who is who."
When asked how he would project power overseas, Trump said “there can be no doctrine," CNN reports.
Trump also dodged giving a direct answer as to what types of measures he would support when it comes to combating and deterring terrorism. He has previously said that he would support waterboarding and torturing terrorists' families, both of which would be international crimes, according to a separate CNN article. He later changed his stance and said he would operate within the law.
“I’ll work on it with the generals,” Trump told Cooper during the March 9 interview. “We have to play the game at a much tougher level than we’re playing it now.”