Republican frontrunner Donald Trump says he would drop out of the race for president if his polling dropped into the low single digits.
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would send all the Syrian refugees the United States accepts back to Syria if he is elected.
His tough talk stands in stark contrast to a large outpouring of assistance, refuge and sympathy by many countries in Europe for Syrians fleeing the nation’s brutal civil war.
“They’re all men. And they’re all strong looking guys”, said Trump, who wondered why the refugees weren’t staying and fighting for their county.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed to take more refugees world-wide, increasing the annual limit from 85,000 next year 70,000 and to 100,000 in 2017.
The businessman raised concerns at the rally in a school in the town of Keene on Wednesday night when he said the Syrian refugees the USA will take in could be members of the violent extremist group Islamic State.
President Obama initially responded to the escalating humanitarian disaster by committing to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees with the next year. Two weeks ago, while in Rochester, N.H., he supported USA aid to Syrian refugees, saying, “We can do something but we have to get other people to help us”.
Trump’s campaign anticipated a sellout crowd and said they drew more than 3,500 people. “My party has historically nominated someone who is a mainstream conservative and someone who has a foundation of foreign policy that gives people confidence that they can guide the ship of state in troubled waters”.
Trump has also said he supports Russia’s military involvement in Syria, which the USA strongly opposes.
“If he wants to fight ISIS, let him fight ISIS”, Trump said in an interview taped at his Trump Tower skyscraper in Manhattan.
He said: ‘This could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time. “A 200,000-man army, maybe”, he later added. “They’re expecting 125 people tonight”, Trump taunted. “And they could be – listen, they could be ISIS”.
Trump is largely paying for his own campaign. “Seriously.” Trump went on to say that these refugees have no identification, and it’s unknown where exactly they are from.
His speech in New Hampshire was notably different to what fellow candidate, Jeb Bush, said at a simultaneous event.