Trump defends proposal for Muslim ban as call for 'extreme vetting'
Donald Trump during Sunday's presidential debate defended his 2015 call to ban Muslim immigrants coming to the U.S. as a method of "extreme vetting."
"The Muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into extreme vetting from certain areas of the world," Trump said.
Trump was asked by moderator Martha Raddatz if it was a mistake to advocate blocking Muslims from entering the country. Raddatz then pressed Trump, saying, "And why did it morph into that? No, answer the question."
"You you interrupt me all the time. Why don't you interrupt her?" Trump shot back.
"Will you please explain whether or not the Muslim ban still stands?" Raddatz said.
"It's called extreme vetting. We are going to areas like Syria where they're coming in by the tens of thousands because of Barack Obama and Hillary," Trump responded, before pivoting to saying that Clinton wants a 550 percent increase of Syrian refugees coming into the U.S.
"This is going to be the great Trojan horse of all time," Trump said. "We have enough problems in this country. I believe in building safe zones. I believe in having other people pay for them. As an example, the Gulf states who are not carrying their weight but they have nothing but money and take care of people.
"But I don't want to have — with all the problems this country has and all of the problems you see going on, hundreds of thousands of people coming in from Syria when we know nothing about them," Trump continued. "We know nothing about their values and nothing about their love for our country."