CNN’s Don Lemon asked Donald Trump about the Muslim comment made by the unidentified man at his New Hampshire rally.
Don Lemon: “You’re heading back to New Hampshire, right?”
Donald Trump: “Correct.”
Don Lemon: “For the first time, for a town hall since that, the guy at the town hall said, ‘The president is a Muslim. That we have problems with the Muslims in this country. We have to get them out.’”
Donald Trump: “He said, ‘Muslims are a problem,’ that was part of what he said. Well, I mean, can you make the case that it’s been tough? And, by the way, most Muslims, I know many, are great people, just so you put it on the record.”
Lemon asked Trump directly if he thinks Muslims are a problem.
Don Lemon: “Do you think Muslims are a problem?”
Donald Trump: “Well, I think a certain segment are certainly a problem. Unless you want to be so politically correct, would you want me to say? ‘Oh, absolutely not!’ I mean, you have ISIS. You have the migration. You have all of this stuff. You have, you know, a lot of people think you can end up with World War III over the Middle East. I’ve heard that for 25 years. There’s something going on when you see beheadings. I mean beheadings, we haven’t seen that since medieval times.”
Mr. Trump said that his Muslim friends also believe that the radical Islamists pose a threat.
Donald Trump: “I have great friendships with many people who are Muslims, living in this building. OK? Living here. But I have great friendships, they’re phenomenal people. And most of them are like that, but you certainly have…”
Don Lemon: “Have they asked you about your comments? What do you say to them? Are they asking?”
Donald Trump: “By the way, they think we have a bigger problem than we do. OK? They think we have a bigger problem. Because there’s a radical Islamic group of people that is brutal. And unless our country gets tough and smart, and unless we have the right leadership done; we’re in big trouble.”