Trump has been dogged recently by his failure to correct a campaign supporter last week who incorrectly called President Obama both a Muslim and “not an American” citizen.
Trump was asked a similar question Sunday about whether he would be comfortable with a Muslim as president. If I said no, not at all, people would laugh at me.
“Well, he said much more than that”, Trump said in the interview.
“People should go back and look at Hillary’s relationship to Obama when they were running against each other“, Trump said. “No problem with that”. He then asked, “When can we get rid of them”.
Ted Cruz and Rick Satorum refused to criticize Trump and also kept their silence when asked if they believe if President Obama is a Christian.
He defended himself by Tweeting, “If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue?” But I think it is certainly something that could happen.
He CNN’s “State of the Union” that “radical Muslims” are a problem in the United States.
Donald Trump’s response to a supporter’s Islamophobic rant has set off a firestorm of criticism.
BEN CARSON: Congress is a different story, but it depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else says, you know. “You can not hold these kinds of views and at the same time say you will represent all Americans, of all faiths and backgrounds”.
TRUMP: Well, let me ask you – so he said, “There are problems in this country and it’s Muslims”.
Trump, obviously uncomfortable, tried to hurry the man up, then curtly answered his question-which was about alleged Muslim terrorist training centers inside the United States. “We need this question”, Trump responded. I have many, many friends, people living in this building. Corey Lewandoski, the campaign manager for the billionaire candidate, said that the issue is not about Obama. And, you know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. The president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.