Trump: My ‘Tough’ Immigration Policies Would’ve Prevented 9/11

AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he doubted the terrorist attacks on 9/11 would have happened if he were President and had his illegal immigration policies in place.

Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday” asked Trump about comments he made about President George W. Bush’s role in preventing the attacks of Sept. 11 — which were criticized by President Bush’s brother and GOP hopeful Jeb Bush.

Trump had said in an interview aired Friday, “Blame him, or don’t blame him, but he was President. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”

Trump reiterated that stance to Wallace on Sunday.

“What would you have done?” Wallace asked Trump.

“Well, I would have been much different, I must tell you,” Trump said. “I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration. I’m extremely tough on people coming into this country. I believe that if I were running things, I doubt those families would have — I doubt that those people would have been in the country.”

“So there’s a good chance that those people would not have been in our country,” Trump continued.

Trump said that he didn’t put blame on President Bush.

“With that being said, I’m not blaming George Bush,” Trump said. “But I don’t want Jeb Bush to say my brother kept us safe because September 11th was one of the worst days in the history of this country.”

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