Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday night that the thousands of refugees fleeing Syria were an “unbelievable humanitarian problem” and that the United States has to let them into the country.
“I wonder, you know, where all these people are coming from exactly, and what they’re representing. Do you have people from ISIS in that group?” Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. “There’s a lot of security risk with it. But something has to be done. It’s an unbelievable humanitarian problem.”
Trump launched his campaign earlier this year with a hardline stance on immigration, going as far as to describe Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug runners. But more recently, as TPM reported this week, he has softened his tone on the issue.
On Tuesday night, O’Reilly asked Trump if he objected to thousands of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa coming to the United States.
“I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, with what’s happening you have to,” Trump said.
“This was started by President Obama when he didn’t go in and do the job he should have when he drew the line in the sand, which turned out to be a very artificial line,” Trump continued in the interview. “But you know, it’s living in hell in Syria. There’s no question about it. They’re living in hell, and something has to be done.”
Watch some of the interview: