By Sandy Fitzgerald
Donald Trump said Wednesday he has been thinking about setting up a commission, “perhaps headed by Rudy Giuliani” to examine the “problem” with undocumented Muslims coming into the United States.
“There are obviously some very bad things going on, and we’re going to figure out what’s going on and we’re going to be very, very careful,” Trump told Fox News‘ “Fox and Friends” program during a discussion about his upcoming meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday.
Trump didn’t elaborate on his call for a Giuliani-led commission to study terrorism. However, in December, when the GOP presumptive nominee called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” coming into the United States, the former New York City mayor came out strongly against the idea, calling it an “absolute violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
“You cannot use religion as a basis for discriminating, and honestly, there’s no factual basis on which to assume that the vast majority of Muslims are terrorists,” Giuliani said at the time.
However, Giuliani has since come out in support of Trump’s bid for the presidency.
Trump has said the ban would be temporary, but on Wednesday told Fox News that the United States is allowing Syrian refugees to enter the nation with “no idea who they are, we have no paperwork. There’s no documentation.”
And, he said Muslims are “pouring into the country, our country by the thousands,” pointing to other countries like Germany and Sweden, which have accepted refugees and now have a “total mess.”
“I’m going to be extremely vigilant and careful,” said Trump, emphasizing that he ban would be temporary.
“We have a problem,” said Trump. “If you don’t want to discuss the problem, then we’re never going to solve the problem. We have a president that won’t even use the term radical Islamic terrorism. He won’t use the term. He refuses to say the term, even after Paris where 130 people were killed or San Bernardino or any other place.”