USA TODAY - Following the bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, Donald Trump praised Israel's use of profiling and said the U.S. needed to do it as well.
“In Israel they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job as good as you can do … and they’ll profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious they will profile. They will take that person and they’ll check them,” Trump said. “Do we have a choice? Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? We’re trying to be so politically correct in our country and this is only going to get worse. This isn’t going to get better. And I’ve been talking to you guys for years, and I’ve been saying it.”
On Fox & Friends Monday morning Trump was asked to react to the bombings that had occurred in over the weekend. In New York, 29 people were injured from the blast but none were life-threatening. Other bombs went off in New Jersey but no injuries have been reported.
The Republican nominee said Monday he expects attacks are “something that will happen perhaps, more and more all over the country.”
When asked repeatedly what his plan would be to stop future attacks, he was vague on details.
“We’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there,” Trump said.
“Like knock the hell out of them. And we have to get everybody together and we have to lead for a change,” Trump said. “We’re going to have to be very tough and you have other countries over there that we are getting devastated far more than we are. And you have to get them together. It’s called leadership. And they have to fight. You know, they have to fight the battle. The battle is over there. And we have to fight the battle and we can’t let any more people come into this country and when we have bad ones — you know, we have people going over fighting for ISIS and coming back and we know they are fighting for ISIS and we take them. Once you leave this country, you fight for ISIS, you never come back.”
Trump also brushed off criticism for calling the explosion in New York a bombing before it was confirmed by officials.
"I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news. But what I said was exactly correct and everybody says while he was right, he called it too soon. OK, give me a break,” Trump said.
Terrorism will likely be a topic when Trumps meets Monday with the leader of Egypt.
Egyptian state media reports that the Republican nominee will speak with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Clinton, the Democratic nominee, announced last week that she would meet with Sisi as well as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, among other foreign leaders, during the annual U.N. gathering.
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