“They’re going back, I’m telling you, they’re going back“.
In his hour-long speech, the 69-year-old said the migration could be the refugees’ “great tactical ploys of all time” to enter the USA “A 200,000-man army, maybe”, he reportedly said.
He also questioned the number of men among the refugees and why they were fleeing Syria instead of remaining to fight.
A migrant disaster has gripped parts of Europe as well as., the United States has vowed to take 10,000 refugees from Syria next year.
He spoke after US Secretary of State John Kerry said the country would accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, followed by 100,000 in 2017. The current cap is set at 70,000. Trump told an audience at Keene High School: “I hear we want to take in 200,000 Syrians”.
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said Friday he’d “absolutely” hire another top-tier candidate, Ben Carson, to be part of his administration, but he didn’t say in what position the retired neurosurgeon, who is in second place behind him in the polls, would end up.
Bush admitted that there is a potential security risk from refugees, and said that there will need to be screenings to make sure risky people are not allowed into the country.
Trump thinks this shows up a weak leadership in the USA: “What is so bad with that?” and continued “The problem we have is that we don’t have a president who is respected by Putin”.
The USA has let to re-settle Syrians 1,500 since the beginning of the battle four years ago.
“Not only are Syrians resorting to desperate measures to seek a better life for themselves and their families in Europe, but they are dying in the process”, worldwide Rescue Committee president David Miliband said in a statement.
He has previously come under fire for comments he made about Mexican immigrants in the USA, suggesting a wall be built to separate the two countries.
Trump’s remarks to CNN television came the same day Russian warplanes began air raids in Syria’s center and north – their first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. “To a hellhole?” Bush said, according to AP.